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E-health literacy among university students amid a global pandemic

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submitted on 2024-05-16, 11:13 and posted on 2024-05-23, 13:16 authored by Rowaida Elyamani, Mohamed Iheb Bougmiza


Global pandemics amplified the need for eHealth literacy as young adults increasingly sought online health information. A recent study showed that the infodemic surrounding COVID-19 highlighted the importance of e-health literacy in health-related decisions. Another study highlighted the vital role of modern technologies on patients care. E-health literacy is “the ability to seek, find, understand, and appraise health information from electronic sources and apply the knowledge gained to addressing or solving a health problem”. It has numerous determinants, like the presenting health problem, level of education, and the technologies used. In our study we aim to explore the level of e-health literacy among young population, and identify influencing factors in the local context.


We used validated English and Arabic online questionnaires for students attending Qatar University. The score ranged between 8 - 40. E-Health literacy scores of ≥26 is considered to be high, while eHealth literacy scores of <26 are considered to be low. To analyse the data we used descriptive statistics, bivariant analysis. Statistical significance was set at a level of p ≤0.05 (Two-tailed).


Data was collected from 89 students. The non-response rate was over 71%. The participants’ mean age was 25±7 years old. Almost 42% were Qatari and more than half of them (68.5%) were females. Students mostly had high levels of health literacy (63%) (Table 1). There was no significant association between individual characteristics and levels of ehealth literacy including; area of study, hours of daily use of internet, and medical history.


The findings suggests that students hold high levels of e-Health literacy. During pandemics, improving e-Health literacy among young adults is a multidimensional challenge that involves collaboration among stakeholders. Lastly, this study was carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic, which may have led to significant impact on the response rate.



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Hamad Medical Corporation

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  • 2024

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  • Hamad Medical Corporation
  • Qatar Metabolic Institute - HMC
  • Primary Health Care Corporation
  • Ministry of Public Health - State of Qatar

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