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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Health Information Literacy and Competencies of Information Age Students: Results From the Interactive Online R

Journal of Medical Internet Research - Health Information Literacy and Competencies of Information Age Students: Results From the Interactive Online Research Readiness Self-Assessment (RRSA)

Interesting study by Lana Ivanitskaya, Irene O’Boyle, & Anne Marie Casey, recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. It reports a study which aimed to measure the proficiency of college-age health information consumers in finding and evaluating electronic health information; to assess their ability to discriminate between peer-reviewed scholarly resources and opinion pieces or sales pitches; and to examine the extent to which they are aware of their level of health information competency.

They used an interactive 56-item online assessment, the Research Readiness Self-Assessment (RRSA) and concluded that "the majority of students think that their research skills are good or excellent, many of them are unable to conduct advanced information searches, judge the trustworthiness of health-related websites and articles, and differentiate between various information sources. Students’ self-reports may not be an accurate predictor of their actual health information competencies."

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