Theory-based E-health literacy interventions in older adults: a systematic review

We examined the references of identified publications for relevant studies

Sara Pourrazavi


Scholarcy highlights

  • Computer-based electronic health literacy has the potential to alleviate barriers for accessing to health care services and facilitating health care delivery
  • Study design and search strategy The present review was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
  • The protocol for this systematic review was not registered, but it is available at ResearchGate
  • The National Institute on Aging toolkit, which was used in the studies conducted by Xie, had a number of features to improve the individual’s self-efficacy in using a computer to access e-health
  • We reviewed the conceptual models used in designing e-health literacy interventions in older adults
  • Increasing health communicating skills through the internet, using videos or images that show different stages of computer and internet use, providing social support, and motivating older adults can be instrumental in positively affecting self-efficacy and eventually improving elderly’s e-health literacy
  • Despite the paucity of conceptual models, which are designed for e-health literacy interventions, based on our findings, we recommend self-efficacy as a powerful concept that can play an important role in improving e-health literacy in older adults

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