Key Findings of Co-creation Activities

All IC-Health co-creation activities have been conducted with the aim to improve pre-defined skills that were deemed crucial to digital health literacy, namely find, understand, appraise and apply. Those four skills, which will also be the basis for all MOOCs, should help citizens to look for good-quality health-related information online. 

The advantage of developing different MOOCs for each population group is to put more emphasis on different skills and techniques depending on the specific needs of the target group. Based on the feedback received from IC-Health partners, it can be stated that digital health literacy is still an obscure concept and it is often necessary to explain what it exactly entails.

Furthermore, it would be wrong to assume that everyone regularly uses the Internet to look for health-related information. For instance, many elderly people and younger children rely heavily on their doctor or family members to obtain health-related information.

People affected with diabetes, pregnant and lactating women, and adolescents are usually more comfortable with using the Internet to look for health-related information. As such, no much emphasis needed to be put on the skill “find the information using online tools“. Instead, time was spent explaining different techniques to “evaluate the trustworthiness of online information“.

The final result of those discussions and activities will illustrate the preferences of each national group. The core component of IC-Health is that each MOOC will be personalised to fit the needs and interests of children, adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, elderly people, and people affected with diabetes type 1 & 2 throughout Europe.

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