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Identifying Health Consumers’ Perceived eHealth Literacy to Decrease Disparities in Accessing eHealth Information

CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: February 2016 - Volume 34 - Issue 2 - p 99
doi: 10.1097/01.NCN.0000481015.60047.10


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GENERAL PURPOSE: To provide information on the perceived eHealth literacy of a general health consumer population.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After reading this article and taking this test, you should be able to:

1. Examine research related to eHealth literacy.

2. Evaluate results from a study assessing participants’ eHealth literacy and its relationship to specific participant characteristics.

  • 1. According to a 2014 Pew Research Center report, a total of how many Internet users looked online for health information in the previous year?
    • a. 63%
    • b. 72%
    • c. 84%
  • 2. What percentage of Internet users in a 2008 Pew Research Center study reported that their last health search significantly impacted their health decision?
    • a. 75%
    • b. 80%
    • c. 85%
  • 3. In a 2006 Pew Research Center study, 39% of those surveyed indicated that the information they found on the Internet
    • a. changed their health-coping behaviors for chronic diseases.
    • b. caused them to use a first-aid technique inappropriately.
    • c. was inconsistent between Web sites.
  • 4. The mean eHealth literacy score for participants in the study described in this article reflected
    • a. low eHealth literacy.
    • b. moderate eHealth literacy.
    • c. high eHealth literacy.
  • 5. A total of how many participants in this study reported that they knew how to use the Internet to answer questions about health?
    • a. 52.5%
    • b. 61.4%
    • c. 72.3%
  • 6. How many participants reported that they could distinguish high-quality health resources from low-quality resources?
    • a. 54.9%
    • b. 67.8%
    • c. 72.9%
  • 7. Most of the participants indicated that accessing health resources on the Internet was
    • a. not important.
    • b. of questionable importance.
    • c. important or very important.
  • 8. Which characteristic was associated with higher reported levels of eHealth literacy?
    • a. female gender
    • b. aged 18 to 29 years
    • c. white/Caucasian
  • 9. Regarding time spent on the Internet, participants who reported the highest eHealth literacy spent
    • a. 1 to 2 hours per day.
    • b. 3 to 4 hours per day.
    • c. 5 to 10 hours per day.
  • 10. Participants who demonstrated significantly higher eHealth literacy levels perceived their health status as
    • a. poor.
    • b. good.
    • c. excellent.
  • 11. Which eHEALS item was positively associated with hours per day spent on the Internet?
    • a. knowledge of where to find health resources on the Internet
    • b. skills to evaluate online health information
    • c. ability to discern high- from low-quality health resources on the Internet
  • 12. As noted in the article, participants who had been using the Internet for longer than a year were most likely to report that they
    • a. were unsure about the usefulness of the Internet in making health-related decisions.
    • b. knew how to find helpful health resources on the Internet.
    • c. felt that accessing health resources on the Internet was not very important.
  • 13. Confidence in the ability to evaluate online health resources was associated with
    • a. marital status.
    • b. income level.
    • c. hours spent per day on the Internet.
  • 14. Participants who were least likely to report that they knew how to use Internet health information to make important health decisions
    • a. used the Internet for less than 1 year.
    • b. were self-employed.
    • c. spent 1 to 2 hours per day on the Internet.
  • 15. What skill do the authors suggest is related to specific knowledge about online health information Web sites?
    • a. how to find health information
    • b. where to find health resources
    • c. how to use the Internet
  • 16. In Manhattan Research (2003), those who had access to online health information in the US reported having difficulty
    • a. determining what health resources are available on the Internet.
    • b. knowing where and how to access health information.
    • c. evaluating if the information is credible.
  • 17. In the 2014 study by Robb and Shellenbarger, participants scored the lowest on
    • a. confidence in using information from the Internet to make health decisions.
    • b. knowledge of how to use the Internet to answer questions about health.
    • c. an understanding of what health information is available on the Internet.
  • 18. A 2013 Pew Research Center study reports that 70% of adults surveyed obtain their health information from
    • a. friends and family.
    • b. healthcare professionals.
    • c. others who have the same health condition.
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