Components of e-health literacy

Six components

Researchers identified six components of e-health literacy:

  1. traditional literacy and numeracy
  2. computer literacy
  3. information literacy
  4. health literacy
  5. media literacy
  6. science literacy

They called the model of e-health literacy the lily model, showing the constellation of factors that together result in e-health literacy. People need to possess a wider range of knowledge and skills in order to use the internet to obtain information and communicate with others. This starts with ability to use a computer. There are examples of successful activities in training people with low literacy to use computers. Peer group learning is a valuable approach, where people help each other to acquire skills. Find PDF here

Media literacy

Media literacy concerns the ability to identify suitable information from a vast range of different kinds of sources and to critically analyse it. Several organisations have developed tools to increase media literacy. Find link here and here.

The Lily model

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There has been extensive research into enabling people to use electronic means of information and communication, or helping people to be e-health literate. Find link here

The European Commission has created an extensive inventory of studies into e-health. Find link here

References

Norman, C. D., & Skinner, H. A. (2006). eHealth literacy: essential skills for consumer health in a networked world. Journal of medical Internet research, 8(2).
Xie. Older adults, e-health literacy, and collaborative learning: An experimental study. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology; volume 62, Issue 5, pages 933–946:May 2011.