A qualitative inquiry of old people's health literacy in situations of health uncertainty.

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    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      health information needs
      information literacy
      information seeking behaviour
      older people
    • Abstract:
      Background: This paper examines the health literacy of seniors and the strategies they use to deal with health uncertainty in the context of changes in the health system in Israel that have created a need to examine health literacy in this sector of the population who use the health system the most. The oldest were born and grew up in an era when a physician's knowledge was unchallenged; now, they find it difficult to cope with the expectation of patients taking a role in decision making. Methods: In‐depth interviews were carried out with 17 seniors between the ages of 70–87 that focused on their perception of their health and their health literacy. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Findings: Seniors used different information sources when looking for medical information. Participants reported three coping mechanisms that help them deal with the uncertainty: disregarding the problem, relying on the physician and searching for information. Conclusions: The study found different levels of health literacy among participants but, overall, participants who lead an active and optimistic lifestyle tend to take more responsibility for their health and have higher health information literacy. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Maccabi Sherutei Briut, Tel Aviv Israel
      2Department of Information Science, Bar‐llan University, Ramat‐Gan Israel
    • ISSN:
      1471-1834
    • Accession Number:
      10.1111/hir.12234
    • Accession Number:
      133285056
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MATAS, H.; BRONSTEIN, J. A qualitative inquiry of old people’s health literacy in situations of health uncertainty. Health Information & Libraries Journal, [s. l.], v. 35, n. 4, p. 319–330, 2018. DOI 10.1111/hir.12234. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lxh&AN=133285056. Acesso em: 24 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Matas H, Bronstein J. A qualitative inquiry of old people’s health literacy in situations of health uncertainty. Health Information & Libraries Journal. 2018;35(4):319-330. doi:10.1111/hir.12234.
    • APA:
      Matas, H., & Bronstein, J. (2018). A qualitative inquiry of old people’s health literacy in situations of health uncertainty. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 35(4), 319–330. https://doi.org/10.1111/hir.12234
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Matas, Hadas, and Jenny Bronstein. 2018. “A Qualitative Inquiry of Old People’s Health Literacy in Situations of Health Uncertainty.” Health Information & Libraries Journal 35 (4): 319–30. doi:10.1111/hir.12234.
    • Harvard:
      Matas, H. and Bronstein, J. (2018) ‘A qualitative inquiry of old people’s health literacy in situations of health uncertainty’, Health Information & Libraries Journal, 35(4), pp. 319–330. doi: 10.1111/hir.12234.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Matas, H & Bronstein, J 2018, ‘A qualitative inquiry of old people’s health literacy in situations of health uncertainty’, Health Information & Libraries Journal, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 319–330, viewed 24 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Matas, Hadas, and Jenny Bronstein. “A Qualitative Inquiry of Old People’s Health Literacy in Situations of Health Uncertainty.” Health Information & Libraries Journal, vol. 35, no. 4, Dec. 2018, pp. 319–330. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1111/hir.12234.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Matas, Hadas, and Jenny Bronstein. “A Qualitative Inquiry of Old People’s Health Literacy in Situations of Health Uncertainty.” Health Information & Libraries Journal 35, no. 4 (December 2018): 319–30. doi:10.1111/hir.12234.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Matas H, Bronstein J. A qualitative inquiry of old people’s health literacy in situations of health uncertainty. Health Information & Libraries Journal [Internet]. 2018 Dec [cited 2020 Jan 24];35(4):319–30. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=lxh&AN=133285056