Title: Digital health literacy of health care profession students
Authors : Dratva, Julia
Juvalta, Sibylle
Gemperle, Michael
Scheermesser, Mandy
Händler-Schuster, Daniela
Klamroth-Marganska, Verena
et. al : No
Published in : European Journal of Public Health
Volume(Issue) : 29
Issue : Supplement 4
Pages : 32
Pages to: 33
Conference details: 12th European Public Health Conference, Marseille, France, 20 - 23 November 2019
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Oxford University Press
Issue Date: 2019
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 610: Medicine and health
Abstract: Background Digital transformation in health and health systems is a chance and a challenge for health professionals irrespective of their field. To maximize the benefit for patients high digital health literacy is required. A requirement not represented in health professions’ curricula in Switzerland. Little is known on the digital health competencies of students, on their utilization and views of digital media in the context of health, thus a cross-sectional survey was performed at a School of Health Professsions in Switzerland. Methods All BSc. students (N=1200; nursing, midwifery, occupational health, physiotherapy and health promotion) received an online questionnaire covering utilization of various information resources, views on digital health & media and the German eHealth Literacy Scale (eHEALS, score 0 - 40)*. Descriptive and group analyses were performed, further adjusted analyses will be run. Results 453 students responded (female N= 368, male N= 26). Participation was 38% and highest in 1st students. Personal health information resources used most were: internet 82%, familiy&friends 70%, health professionals 66%, textbooks 40%. A majority rated digital media as important (66%) or rather important (30%) for their future professional activities. The overall eHeals-score was 28.6 (sd 4.93); critical evaluation and confidence in applying information scored lowest. Preliminary group analyses show significant increase by study year (1st 28.0, 2nd 28.9, 3rd 29.7, p= 0.01), while scores by gender or health profession were non-significantly different. Conclusions Almost all students in health professions use digital media for their own health information needs and consider digital media as highly relevant for their future career. EHealth Literacy is slightly higher in 3rd year students. Longitudinal data are needed to differentiate cohort from learning effects. Key message 1: Digital media are increasingly important in health systems, a view shared by future health professionals. Data indicate only a small increase of digital health literacy across three years of study. Key message 2: Curricula should include digital health competencies to ensure a highly digitally skilled health work force. *Soellner R, Huber S, Reder M. Journal of Media Psychology. 2014
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Occupational Therapy (IER)
Institute of Health Sciences (IGW)
Institute of Midwifery (IHB)
Institute of Nursing (IPF)
Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
Publication type: Conference other
DOI : 10.1093/eurpub/ckz185.069
ISSN: 1101-1262
1464-360X
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/18787
Published as part of the ZHAW project : Digitale Elternratgeber
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