Relationship Between Everyday Health Information Literacy and Attitudes Towards Mobile Technology Among Older People

  • Heidi EnwaldEmail author
  • Noora Hirvonen
  • Maarit Kangas
  • Niina Keränen
  • Timo Jämsä
  • Isto Huvila
  • Raija Korpelainen
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 810)


In order to benefit from advanced mobile information technology (AMIT) in e-health services, people need competencies in finding, evaluating, and understanding health-related information in varying everyday life situations, that is, everyday health information literacy (EHIL). This study focused on the relationship between EHIL and AMIT use and attitudes towards it among older adults. A paper questionnaire was posted to a random sample of 1,500 home dwelling subjects aged 65 or more living in Northern Finland. A variety of themes were addressed in the questionnaire including a 4-item version of an EHIL screening tool. The response rate was 61% (n = 918). Older adults with negative attitudes towards or having less experience with mobile information technology were likely to have poor self-estimated EHIL skills. Older people are at risk of marginalization in regard to m-services, and these results should be utilized by decision-makers and software designers in digitalization of services.


Health information literacy Use of technology Mobile technology e-Health Older adults 



GASEL study has received financial support from the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (TEKES). The researchers of Åbo Akademi are part of the HIBA project that is being funded by Academy of Finland.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heidi Enwald
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Noora Hirvonen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Maarit Kangas
    • 4
  • Niina Keränen
    • 4
  • Timo Jämsä
    • 3
    • 4
  • Isto Huvila
    • 2
  • Raija Korpelainen
    • 3
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Information StudiesUniversity of OuluOuluFinland
  2. 2.Information StudiesÅbo Akademi UniversityTurkuFinland
  3. 3.Medical Research Center OuluUniversity of Oulu and Oulu University HospitalOuluFinland
  4. 4.Medical Imaging, Physics and TechnologyUniversity of OuluOuluFinland
  5. 5.Department of Sports and Exercise MedicineOulu Deaconess InstituteOuluFinland
  6. 6.Centre for Life Course Epidemiology and Systems MedicineUniversity of OuluOuluFinland

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