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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4915


Title: eHealth Literacy: Essential Skills for Consumer Health in a Networked World
Authors: Norman, Cameron D
Skinner, Harvey A
Keywords: Internet
literacy
public health
health care
electronic health information
evaluation of electronic resources
electronics
telecommunications
consumer health information
patient education
educational status
computer network
Issue Date: 16-Jun-2006
Publisher: Gunther Eysenbach; Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto, Canada
Citation: Norman CD, Skinner HA. eHealth Literacy: Essential Skills for Consumer Health in a Networked World. J Med Internet Res 2006;8(2):e9. <URL: http://www.jmir.org/2006/2/e9/>
Abstract: [This item is a preserved copy and is not necessarily the most recent version. To view the current item, visit http://www.jmir.org/2006/2/e9/]Electronic health tools provide little value if the intended users lack the skills to effectively engage them. With nearly half the adult population in the United States and Canada having literacy levels below what is needed to fully engage in an information-rich society, the implications for using information technology to promote health and aid in health care, or for eHealth, are considerable. Engaging with eHealth requires a skill set, or literacy, of its own. The concept of eHealth literacy is introduced and 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. In this paper, a model of eHealth literacy is introduced, comprised of multiple literacy types, including an outline of a set of fundamental skills consumers require to derive direct benefits from eHealth. A profile of each literacy type with examples of the problems patient-clients might present is provided along with a resource list to aid health practitioners in supporting literacy improvement with their patient-clients across each domain. Facets of the model are illustrated through a set of clinical cases to demonstrate how health practitioners can address eHealth literacy issues in clinical or public health practice. Potential future applications of the model are discussed.
Description: Reviewer: Ronson, B
Reviewer: Simms, M
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4915
ISSN: 1438-8871
Other Identifiers: doi:10.2196/jmir.8.2.e9
Rights: Copyright (cc) Retained by author(s) under a Creative Commons License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
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