eHealth literacy of late adolescents: Credibility and quality of health information through smartphones in India // Alfabetización en e-Salud de los jóvenes: Credibilidad y calidad de la información sanitaria con móviles en la India

Masilamani, Vaageessan and Sriram, Arulchelvan and Rozario, Ann-Maria eHealth literacy of late adolescents: Credibility and quality of health information through smartphones in India // Alfabetización en e-Salud de los jóvenes: Credibilidad y calidad de la información sanitaria con móviles en la India. Comunicar, 2020, vol. 28, n. 64, pp. 85-95. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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English abstract

The introduction of smartphones has revolutionized how late adolescents (aged 18-21 years) access and use the internet. Vast troves of health information are today just a tap or swipe away, with smartphones and internet connectivity becoming increasingly accessible. The need for eHealth literacy among late adolescents is now gaining importance as it ensures an effective use of health information. This study conducted a survey among 427 late adolescents in order to evaluate their eHealth literacy levels; their perceptions of the quality of online health information; their level of trust and credibility in online health and checked if acquiring health information through the online medium led to a change in their behavior intention. The results showed that most of the late adolescents preferred viewing multiple websites for their health information needs. Health information in the form of text and images were preferred over video content; and most preferred accessing online health information in their native language. Cancer and obesity are the common health issues of interest to both genders. Mobile applications (apps) were the least preferred mode of accessing heath information despite the high usage of smartphones. eHealth literacy and credibility positively predicted behavior intention while quality of health information did not predict behavior intention.

Spanish abstract

La introducción de los smartphones (teléfonos inteligentes) ha revolucionado la forma en que los adolescentes tardíos (de entre 18 y 21 años) acceden y usan Internet. Hay una gran cantidad de información a solo un toque de distancia y los teléfonos móviles y la conectividad a Internet son cada vez más accesibles. La necesidad de aprender acerca de eSalud entre los adolescentes tardíos ahora está cobrando importancia, ya que garantiza un uso eficaz de la información de la salud. En este estudio se realiza una encuesta a 427 adolescentes tardíos para evaluar sus conocimientos en eSalud; sus percepciones de la calidad de la información de la eSalud; su nivel de confianza y credibilidad en eSalud y verificar si la adquisición de información de salud a través de este medio conduce a un cambio en su intención de comportamiento. Los resultados mostraron que la mayoría de los adolescentes tardíos preferían ver múltiples páginas web para sus necesidades de información de salud y la mayoría preferían acceder a información de eSalud en su idioma nativo. Las aplicaciones móviles (apps) eran el método menos usado para acceder a la información de salud a pesar del alto uso de smartphones. La alfabetización y la credibilidad de eSalud predijeron positivamente la intención de comportamiento, mientras que la calidad de la información de salud no predice la intención de comportamiento.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Health Information; eHealth Literacy; mobile health; adolescents; mHealth; credibility; quality; online health information; Información de salud; alfabetización de eSalud; mSalud; adolescentes; salud móvil; credibilidad; calidad; información de la salud en línea.
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information
B. Information use and sociology of information > BH. Information needs and information requirements analysis.
C. Users, literacy and reading. > CC. User categories: children, young people, social groups.
G. Industry, profession and education. > GZ. None of these, but in this section.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HQ. Web pages.
K. Housing technologies.
L. Information technology and library technology > LT. Mobile devices
Depositing user: Alex Ruiz
Date deposited: 05 Jul 2020 09:05
Last modified: 05 Jul 2020 09:05


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