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Adequate eHealth literacy among parents of children needing paediatric surgery in Sweden

New article: eHealth literacy and socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of parents of children needing paediatric surgery in Sweden.



The aim of the study was to describe different eHealth literacy domains among parents of children needing paediatric surgery in Sweden, and the correlation between these eHealth literacy domains and parents' socioeconomic factors and demographic characteristics.


Descriptive correlational design.


Thirty-five Swedish-speaking parents participated as a historical control group within an ongoing Swedish clinical trial developing eHealth solutions for families after hospital care; of these, 30 completed the eHealth Literacy Questionnaire and the socioeconomic and demographic questionnaire.


Of the seven eHealth literacy domains assessed, parents' strengths lay in those pertaining to their own digital competence, control and safety, while their weakness concerned their motivation to engage with digital services, and their ability to access eHealth platforms that work. Overall, parents presented adequate eHealth literacy. Of the five socioeconomic and demographic variables assessed (i.e. monthly wages, education levels, age, gender and residency), monthly wages correlated the strongest, and positively, with the seven eHealth literacy domains.


Link to article (the link leads to Lund University's research portal)

Funding: The study was supported by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare Life (FORTE).