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.
Interests: public health; health promotion; health programmes; health literacy; e health; digital health literacy; telemedicine
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Interests: health literacy; health equity; racial/ethnic health disparities; social ecological context; health policy; comparative health systems
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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
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- eHealth literacy
- Health literacy
- Health information
- Health behaviors
- Utilization of health services
- Resilience to misinformation
- COVID-19 pandemic