Coronavirus-Related Health Literacy: A Cross-Sectional Study in Adults during the COVID-19 Infodemic in Germany

Okan O, Bollweg TM, Berens E-M, Hurrelmann K, Bauer U, Schaeffer D (2020)
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(15): 5503.

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There is an “infodemic” associated with the COVID-19 pandemic—an overabundance of valid and invalid information. Health literacy is the ability to access, understand, appraise, and apply health information, making it crucial for navigating coronavirus and COVID-19 information environments. A cross-sectional representative study of participants ≥ 16 years in Germany was conducted using an online survey. A coronavirus-related health literacy measure was developed (HLS-COVID-Q22). Internal consistency was very high (α = 0.940; ρ = 0.891) and construct validity suggests a sufficient model fit, making HLS-COVID-Q22 a feasible tool for assessing coronavirus-related health literacy in population surveys. While 49.9% of our sample had sufficient levels of coronavirus-related health literacy, 50.1% had “problematic” (15.2%) or “inadequate” (34.9%) levels. Although the overall level of health literacy is high, a vast number of participants report difficulties dealing with coronavirus and COVID-19 information. The participants felt well informed about coronavirus, but 47.8% reported having difficulties judging whether they could trust media information on COVID-19. Confusion about coronavirus information was significantly higher among those who had lower health literacy. This calls for targeted public information campaigns and promotion of population-based health literacy for better navigation of information environments during the infodemic, identification of disinformation, and decision-making based on reliable and trustworthy information.
Erscheinungsjahr
2020
Zeitschriftentitel
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Band
17
Ausgabe
15
Art.-Nr.
5503
ISSN
1660-4601
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2945080

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Okan O, Bollweg TM, Berens E-M, Hurrelmann K, Bauer U, Schaeffer D. Coronavirus-Related Health Literacy: A Cross-Sectional Study in Adults during the COVID-19 Infodemic in Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020;17(15): 5503.
Okan, O., Bollweg, T. M., Berens, E. - M., Hurrelmann, K., Bauer, U., & Schaeffer, D. (2020). Coronavirus-Related Health Literacy: A Cross-Sectional Study in Adults during the COVID-19 Infodemic in Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(15), 5503. doi:10.3390/ijerph17155503
Okan, O., Bollweg, T. M., Berens, E. - M., Hurrelmann, K., Bauer, U., and Schaeffer, D. (2020). Coronavirus-Related Health Literacy: A Cross-Sectional Study in Adults during the COVID-19 Infodemic in Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17:5503.
Okan, O., et al., 2020. Coronavirus-Related Health Literacy: A Cross-Sectional Study in Adults during the COVID-19 Infodemic in Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(15): 5503.
O. Okan, et al., “Coronavirus-Related Health Literacy: A Cross-Sectional Study in Adults during the COVID-19 Infodemic in Germany”, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, 2020, : 5503.
Okan, O., Bollweg, T.M., Berens, E.-M., Hurrelmann, K., Bauer, U., Schaeffer, D.: Coronavirus-Related Health Literacy: A Cross-Sectional Study in Adults during the COVID-19 Infodemic in Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17, : 5503 (2020).
Okan, Orkan, Bollweg, Torsten Michael, Berens, Eva-Maria, Hurrelmann, Klaus, Bauer, Ullrich, and Schaeffer, Doris. “Coronavirus-Related Health Literacy: A Cross-Sectional Study in Adults during the COVID-19 Infodemic in Germany”. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17.15 (2020): 5503.
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