Assessing the Effects of eHealth Tutorials on Older Adults’ eHealth Literacy

Atami S. De Main, Bo Xie, Kristina Shiroma, Tom Yeh, Nathan Davis, Xu Han

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eHealth literacy is the ability to access, assess, and use digital health information. This study compared the effects of a multimedia tutorial versus a paper-based control in improving older adults’ eHealth literacy from pre- to posttest. A total of 99 community-dwelling older adults (63–90 years old; mean = 73.09) participated from July 2019 to February 2020. Overall, knowledge about computer/Internet terms, eHealth literacy efficacy, knowledge about the quality of health information websites, and procedural skills in computer/Internet use improved significantly from pre- to posttest. No interaction effect was found between time and group. Participants in both groups had an overwhelmingly positive attitude toward training. Their attitudes toward training approached a statistically significant difference between the two conditions: F (1, 89) = 3.75, p =.056, partial η2 =.040, with the multimedia condition showing more positive attitudes. These findings have implications for designing effective eHealth literacy interventions for older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1675-1685
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2022

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  • attitudes
  • eHealth literacy
  • multimedia tutorial
  • older adults


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