eHealth literacy, Internet and eHealth service usage: a survey among cancer patients and their relatives
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The aim of our study was to investigate Internet and eHealth usage, with respect to eHealth literacy, by cancer patients and their relatives.
Patients and methods
Using a standardized questionnaire we asked patients who attended lectures on complementary medicine in 2016.
We received 142 questionnaires. The frequency of general Internet usage was directly associated with younger age and better Internet connection. Younger participants were not only more confident in allocating health-related Internet information into reliable or unreliable facts, but also more confident and capable of gaining medical knowledge through eHealth services. A regular use of eHealth services facilitated the decision-making process. Reading ability was associated with a better understanding regarding eHealth offers.
In a modern health care system, emphasis should be on skills contributing to eHealth literacy among patients to improve their ability to profit from eHealth offers and improve health care.
KeywordseHealth literacy eHealth service Internet Cancer Patient information
Compliance with ethical standards
Conflict of interest
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Research involving human participants and/or animals
The study has a positive vote of the ethics committee at the University Hospital of the Friedrich Schiller University at Jena (Number: 5153-05/17).
Informed consent was given by the participants by filling in the questionnaire.
There was no funding for this study.
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