Special Issue "eHealth Literacy 2.0"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Digital Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Mariusz Duplaga
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Institute of Public Health, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Grzegorzecka Str. 20, 31-531 Krakow, Poland
Interests: public health; health promotion; health programmes; health literacy; e health; digital health literacy; telemedicine
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Prof. Dr. Tetine Sentell
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Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Interests: health literacy; health equity; racial/ethnic health disparities; social ecological context; health policy; comparative health systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

eHealth is perceived as a great opportunity for increasing the effectiveness of interventions in public health and health promotion. Unfortunately, the communities interested in the development of eHealth and those active in public health do not benefit sufficiently from the synergies between these two fields. The concept of eHealth literacy commonly used in the eHealth field is parallel to the concept of health literacy perceived as a crucial determinant of health-by-health promotion specialists. As the rationale for the development of the concept of eHealth literacy was related to the growing use of the Internet for accessing health-related content, the most popular tools for its assessment are focused on the assessment of abilities related to handling internet-based health-related information.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new perspective on the role of eHealth literacy was proposed. The pandemic is accompanied by an overwhelming flood of misinformation taking the form of fake news and conspiracy theories. As the Internet is the main source of such messages, a critical assessment of health information available online embedded in adequate eHealth literacy became a key mechanism of resilience against misinformation.

The Special Issue on “eHealth Literacy” is planned to demonstrate the synergies between eHealth and public health. Therefore, submissions focusing on the following issues are particularly welcome:

  • the importance of eHealth literacy during the COVID-19 pandemic and its relationship with information behaviors of respondents representing diversified environments;
  • the relationship between eHealth literacy and health literacy in various populations;
  • the revised definition and perception of eHealth literacy adjusted to the current stage of eHealth development;
  • the validation of new tools for measuring eHealth literacy;
  • the impact of eHealth literacy on health-related opinions and health behaviors as well as on the utilization of health services and self-management;
  • approaches to developing eHealth literacy and the effectiveness of applied interventions.

Apart from these topics, all papers addressing eHealth literacy and presenting related studies are encouraged. Researchers are invited to contribute novel work to be considered for publication in this Special Issue. Submissions should include original articles, critical reviews (systematic reviews or meta-analyses), or brief reports.

Prof. Dr. Mariusz Duplaga
Prof. Dr. Tetine Sentell
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • eHealth literacy
  • Health literacy
  • Health information
  • Health behaviors
  • Utilization of health services
  • Resilience to misinformation
  • COVID-19 pandemic

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Negative Impact of Fear of COVID-19 on Health-Related Quality of Life Was Modified by Health Literacy, eHealth Literacy, and Digital Healthy Diet Literacy: A Multi-Hospital Survey
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4929; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18094929 - 06 May 2021
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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has been disseminating fear in the community, which has affected people’s quality of life, especially those with health problems. Health literacy (HL), eHealth literacy (eHEAL), and digital healthy diet literacy (DDL) may have potential impacts on containing the pandemic [...] Read more.
Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has been disseminating fear in the community, which has affected people’s quality of life, especially those with health problems. Health literacy (HL), eHealth literacy (eHEAL), and digital healthy diet literacy (DDL) may have potential impacts on containing the pandemic and its consequences. This study aimed to examine the association between the fear of COVID-19 scale (FCoV-19S) and the health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and to examine the effect modification by HL, eHEAL, and DDL on this association. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 11 hospitals across Vietnam from 7 April to 31 May 2020. Data were collected on 4348 outpatients, including demographic characteristics, HL, eHEAL, DDL, FCoV-19S, and HRQoL. Multiple linear regression and interaction models were used to explore associations. Results: Patients with higher FCoV-19S scores had lower HRQoL scores (unstandardized coefficient, B = −0.78, p < 0.001). HL (B = 0.20, p < 0.001), eHEAL (B = 0.24, p < 0.001), and DDL (B = 0.20, p < 0.001) were positively associated with higher HRQoL scores. The negative impact of FCoV-19S on HRQoL was significantly attenuated by higher eHEAL score groups (from one standard deviation (SD) below the mean, B = −0.93, p < 0.001; to the mean, B = −0.85, p < 0.001; and one SD above the mean, B = −0.77, p < 0.001); and by higher DDL score groups (from one SD below the mean, B = −0.92, p < 0.001; to the mean, B = −0.82, p < 0.001; and one SD above the mean, B = −0.72, p < 0.001). Conclusions: eHealth literacy and digital healthy diet literacy could help to protect patients’ health-related quality of life from the negative impact of the fear of COVID-19 during the pandemic. Full article
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COVID-19 and Health Information Seeking Behavior: Digital Health Literacy Survey amongst University Students in Pakistan
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(8), 4009; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18084009 - 11 Apr 2021
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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, digital health literacy (DHL) has become a significant public health concern. This research aims to assess information seeking behavior, as well as the ability to find relevant information and deal with DHL among university students in Pakistan. An online-based [...] Read more.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, digital health literacy (DHL) has become a significant public health concern. This research aims to assess information seeking behavior, as well as the ability to find relevant information and deal with DHL among university students in Pakistan. An online-based cross-sectional survey, using a web-based interviewing technique, was conducted to collect data on DHL. Simple bivariate and multivariate linear regression was performed to assess the association of key characteristics with DHL. The results show a high DHL related to COVID-19 in 54.3% of students. Most of the Pakistani students demonstrated ~50% DHL in all dimensions, except for reliability. Multivariate findings showed that gender, sense of coherence and importance of information were found to be significantly associated with DHL. However, a negative association was observed with students′ satisfaction with information. This led to the conclusion that critical operational and navigations skills are essential to achieve COVID-19 DHL and cope with stress, particularly to promote both personal and community health. Focused interventions and strategies should be designed to enhance DHL amongst university students to combat the pandemic. Full article
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Health Literacy, Digital Health Literacy, and COVID-19 Pandemic Attitudes and Behaviors in U.S. College Students: Implications for Interventions
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(6), 3301; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18063301 - 23 Mar 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by rapidly emerging evidence, changing guidance, and misinformation, which present new challenges for health literacy (HL) and digital health literacy (DHL) skills. This study explored whether COVID-19-related information access, attitudes, and behaviors were associated with health literacy [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by rapidly emerging evidence, changing guidance, and misinformation, which present new challenges for health literacy (HL) and digital health literacy (DHL) skills. This study explored whether COVID-19-related information access, attitudes, and behaviors were associated with health literacy and digital health literacy among college students in the United States. Self-reported measures of health literacy, along with items on pandemic-related attitudes, behaviors, information sources, and social networks, were collected online using a managed research panel. In July 2020, 256 responses were collected, which mirrored the racial/ethnic and gender diversity of U.S. colleges. Only 49% reported adequate HL, and 57% found DHL tasks easy overall. DHL did not vary by HL level. In multivariable models, both HL and DHL were independently associated with overall compliance with basic preventive practices. Higher DHL, but not HL, was significantly associated with greater willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine and the belief that acquiring the disease would negatively impact their life. On average, respondents discussed health with 4–5 people, which did not vary by HL or DHL measures. The usage of online information sources varied by HL and DHL. The study findings can inform future student-focused interventions, including identifying the distinct roles of HL and DHL in pandemic information access, attitudes, and behaviors. Full article
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