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Construction of the Health Information Literacy Knowledge Test HILK

Funding: Budgetary funds
Grant term: April 2015 -
Project Partners: --
Project Manager: Dr. Anne-Kathrin Mayer (ZPID)
Project Staff: BSc Julia Holzhäuser (-March 2016); Dipl.-Psych. Veronika Kuhberg

Description

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The term health literacy denotes the ability to reach decisions in everyday life which have positive effects on individual health. One central aspect of health literacy is health information literacy, i.e. the ability to obtain reliable as well as »up-to-date« health information from multiple sources (e.g., physicians, scientific publications, web pages), and to evaluate and weigh this information adequately. Health information literacy forms an essential basis for well-founded decisions about individual health behaviors and interactions with the health system (e.g., acceptance of medical treatment).

Until now, health information literacy is usually assessed by self-reports or by achievement tests which cover basic literacies like reading and interpreting medical information (e.g., understanding prescription orders for the intake of a medicine). However, there are no tests assessing competencies regarding the goal-directed search and critical evaluation of health information.

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Therefore, a multiple choice test of health information literacy was devised. The test is based on general process models of information literacy and information problem solving as well as models of health literacy. It aims at assessing the level of declarative knowledge with reference to the search and evaluation of health information. In a pilot study including a sample of students, the measure was tested and validated. The final version is applied in additional studies with students and non-academic samples to work on specific research questions from the fields of "health literacy" and "health information literacy".

For example, a dissertation project analyzes health information literacy of vocational school students. The project aims at modelling the relations between health information literacy, health interest, personality variables, and health-related beliefs.

Publications

2017

  • Kuhberg-Lasson, V., & Mayer, A.-K. (in press). Demographic characteristics and personality variables as predictors of health information literacy in young adults. In S. Špiranec, S. Kurbanoğlu, J. Boustany, E. Grassian, D. Mizrachi, L. Roy, D. Kos (Eds.), Workplace Information Literacy. Fifth European Conference, ECIL 2017, Saint-Malo, France, September 18-21, 2017, revised selected papers.

  • Kuhberg-Lasson, V., & Mayer, A.-K. (in press). Determinants of health information literacy in vocational school students: The role of personal beliefs. In A.-K. Mayer (Ed.) Health literacy across the life span. Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

  • Mayer, A.-K., & (in press). Subjective and objective measures of health information literacy: Do they provide complementary or redundant information? In S. Špiranec, S. Kurbanoğlu, J. Boustany, E. Grassian, D. Mizrachi, L. Roy, D. Kos (Eds.), Workplace Information Literacy. Fifth European Conference, ECIL 2017, Saint-Malo, France, September 18-21, 2017, revised selected papers.

Talks/Posters

2017

2016

2015

URLs of the links on this page:

  1. http://www.zpid.de/pub/research/2017_Kuhberg_Determinants-of-health-information.pdf
  2. http://www.zpid.de/pub/research/2017_Kuhberg-Lasson_ECIL.pdf
  3. http://www.zpid.de/pub/research/2017_Mayer_Assessing-health-information.pdf
  4. http://www.zpid.de/pub/research/2017_Mayer_Lugano.pdf
  5. http://www.zpid.de/pub/research/2016_SeniorenstudiumUniTrier-Mayer-Gesundheitskompetenzen.pdf
  6. http://www.zpid.de/pub/research/2016_Mayer-Holzhaeuser_Poster-Leipzig-GF.pdf
  7. http://www.zpid.de/pub/research/2015_Mayer-Holzhaeuser_bruessel.pdf


weiterführende Informationen

Additional Information

Dr. Anne-Kathrin Mayer
Phone: +49 (0)651 201-2930
Fax: +49 (0)651 201-2071
Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information
Universitätsring 15,
54296 Trier, Germany
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