Citizens’ digital health literacy is an essential element for successful eHealth deployment. However, citizens often do not have the necessary skills to find, understand and appraise online health information and apply their knowledge to make health decisions. Digitally health literate citizens are empowered to play a more active role in their health self management, resulting in improved prevention, adherence to a healthier lifestyle and better health outcomes.
IC-Health will provide support for the improvement of digital health literacy in Europe. In particular, the project will design 35 open access online courses (MOOCs), in eight different national languages, for different population cohorts including children, adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, elderly and people affected or susceptible to be affected by type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
How to get there?
The project will assess the impact of an improved digital health literacy on groups with very diverse features in terms of social, cultural background, level of digital literacy and health literacy. Insights gained from working with these groups will also allow formulating recommendations for actions at a bigger scale.
The identified population cohorts, along with health professionals, academics and other practitioners, will be organised in Communities of Practice and involved directly in the co-creation of the MOOCs content and structure. The MOOCs will be thus developed having in mind the specific needs of the cohorts when it comes to digital health literacy.
Once the courses are designed, they will be tested by the members of the CoPs and by other users. MOOCs use and impact will be monitored and assessed in order to ensure their uptake and sustainability beyond the duration of the project.
IC-Health Population Cohorts
The project will target the following population cohorts and actively involve representatives from those target groups in the project activities:
- children (aged from 6 to 11 years)
- adolescents (aged from 12 to 18 years)
- pregnant and lactating women (PLW)
- elderly (aged over 60)
- citizens affected or susceptible to be affected by diabetes (type 1 and 2)
These population cohorts represent an important and sensitive share of the EU population and need to be reached and addressed in specific ways. Additionally, some of them represent group of citizens with low levels of digital health literacy.
This set of population cohorts will enable the project to test different methodologies for users’ involvement and to assess the impact of an improved digital health literacy on groups with very diverse features in terms of social, cultural background, level of digital literacy and health literacy.
Insights gained from working with these groups will also allow formulating recommendations for actions at a bigger scale.