Multidimensional eHealth Literacy for Infertility

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Sykes, S., Wills, J., Frings, D., Church, S. and Wood, K. (2020). Multidimensional eHealth Literacy for Infertility. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17 (3), pp. 966-966.
AuthorsSykes, S., Wills, J., Frings, D., Church, S. and Wood, K.
Abstract

Infertility is a major public health issue and increasingly, the internet is used as a source of information and advice. The aim of this study is to understand the eHealth literacy of individuals and couples in relation to infertility. A non-probability sample of 27 participants was recruited from existing support groups, online advertising and snowballing representing the diverse population groups for whom involuntary childlessness is an issue. Information online was used both for decision making and developing interactive health literacy for health consultations. Participants may be both consumers and purveyors of information to others in distributed health literacy. Cognitive skills are required to appraise an inconsistent evidence base and potentially biased information from private providers of treatments. Accounts of geographical variations in treatment options, the cost of private treatment and for some, a sense that information and services were directed towards female and heterosexual couples, led some participants to political action online creating an important sense of empowerment. The study offers a new conceptual framework for eHealth literacy in the context of infertility, that combines use of the web and virtual communities in which functional, interactive, critical and distributed health literacy play a part in an online environment.</jats:p>

Year2020
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Journal citation17 (3), pp. 966-966
PublisherMDPI AG
ISSN1660-4601
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.3390/ijerph17030966
Web address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/3/966
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