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eHealth Literacy and Older Adults: A Review of Literature

Rios, Gabriel R. MLIS

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: April/June 2013 - Volume 29 - Issue 2 - p 116–125
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e31827ec0bd
Health Literacy

Older adults with low health literacy are living to advanced ages, often with multiple chronic conditions. This review focuses on eHealth literacy, which is defined as “the ability to seek, find, understand, and appraise health information from electronic sources and apply the knowledge gained to addressing or solving a health problem.” Sixteen articles spanning a 10-year period were reviewed and examined for study design, intervention, and outcomes. Systemic changes in our societies are needed to decrease problems associated with low eHealth literacy. Fundamental training in computer literacy and health literacy is also needed. Integrating eHealth with adequate health literacy is key to people's ability to maintain their health, foster behavioral change, and utilize medical services effectively.

Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Correspondence: Gabriel R. Rios, MLIS, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, LHL 251, 1720 Second Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294 (

The author has no financial relationship/s or commercial interests that relate to the content of this article.

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