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WANG Xinxin, LUAN Wei. Research progress on digital health literacy among older adults[J]. Chinese Journal of General Practice, 2023, 21(10): 1741-1744. doi: 10.16766/j.cnki.issn.1674-4152.003214
Citation: WANG Xinxin, LUAN Wei. Research progress on digital health literacy among older adults[J]. Chinese Journal of General Practice, 2023, 21(10): 1741-1744. doi: 10.16766/j.cnki.issn.1674-4152.003214

Research progress on digital health literacy among older adults

doi: 10.16766/j.cnki.issn.1674-4152.003214




  • Received Date: 2022-11-18
    Available Online: 2023-11-23
  • In recent years, digital technology has developed rapidly and continues to be applied in medical treatment, retirement, health management, and other fields. While the quality of health care products and services has improved, the way older adults acquire and share health knowledge is also changing and a higher level of digital health literacy is required for older adults to adapt to society and promote health. Therefore, it has become an urgent issue to enable older adults to adapt to the digital reform of health services, to motivate them to use digital devices for health management, and to improve their digital health literacy. Digital health literacy (DHL) is an extended concept of health literacy, which refers to the ability of individuals to acquire, process, communicate, and understand health information and services, make effective health decisions, and promote and improve individual and collective health in the context of using digital information and technologies. By reviewing domestic and international studies on DHL in older adults, this paper aims to provide evidence for improving DHL, bridging the digital divide, and promoting health equity in older adults. The findings revealed that factors influencing DHL in older adults could be classified into socio-demographic factors, digital device-related factors, etc. Existing tools to assess DHL in older adults include the Digital Health Literacy Scale, Digital Health Literacy Assessment, etc. For older adults, DHL can affect their quality of life, cognitive health, etc. Existing intervention methods mainly include traditional classroom-based, based on blended learning and interactive technology-based training, etc. In general, research on digital health literacy in older adults is still in its infancy. Further development is warranted, especially with regard to assessment tools and intervention methods.


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