Special Issue "eHealth Literacy"

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: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Mariusz Duplaga
Guest Editor
Institute of Public Health, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Grzegorzecka Str. 20, 31-531 Krakow, Poland
Interests: public health, health promotion, health programmes, health literacy, eHealth, digital health literacy, telemedicine

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.

The Special Issue on “eHealth Literacy” is planned as an occasion for demonstrating the synergies between eHealth and public health. Therefore, submissions focusing on following issues are particularly welcome:

  • 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 behaviours as well as on the utilisation 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.

Dr. Mariusz Duplaga
Guest Editor

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  • eHealth literacy
  • health literacy
  • health information
  • health behaviors
  • utilization of health services

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Associations of eHealth Literacy with Obtaining Knowledge about Colorectal Cancer among Internet Users Accessing a Reputable Cancer Website: Internet-Based Survey Study
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 3302; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093302 - 09 May 2020
Examining the associations of eHealth literacy (eHL) with obtaining health knowledge from websites would help to clarify the causal pathway between eHL and health knowledge. This study aimed to compare the results obtained from Internet users with high or low eHL in accessing [...] Read more.
Examining the associations of eHealth literacy (eHL) with obtaining health knowledge from websites would help to clarify the causal pathway between eHL and health knowledge. This study aimed to compare the results obtained from Internet users with high or low eHL in accessing a reputable cancer website to obtain colorectal cancer (CRC) knowledge. A total of 105 participants with high eHL and 103 participants with low eHL accessed a reputable CRC website managed by the National Cancer Center and responded to Internet-based surveys before and after accessing a website in 2012. Twelve responses to knowledge statements regarding CRC were selected based on item response theory, and the differences in correct responses of pre- and post-surveys by each eHL group were compared. Two statements showed a significant increase in correct responses in the high eHL group only: “Red meat intake is a risk factor” (p = 0.002), and “Obesity is a risk factor” (p = 0.029), whereas only one response did so in the low eHL group: “Bloody stools are a symptom” (p = 0.004). Low eHL Internet users appeared less capable of obtaining knowledge of CRC by accessing information from a reputable cancer website than high eHL Internet users. Full article
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