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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Interventions for Enhancing Consumers' Online Health Literacy

Description of Resource: 
Access to health information allows people to take an active part in their health care. The internet is an increasingly popular way for people to obtain health information, but there are a number of barriers that prevent people making full use of such information. This systematic review assessed whether teaching people to find, evaluate or use online health information (online health literacy) improves those skills and improves their health. Only 2 studies met the inclusion criteria for this review. Both studies investigated the effect of adult education classes on the online health literacy of consumers. There is low quality evidence that these interventions improve aspects of online health literacy.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Health Communication and Health Information Technology
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Car J, Lang B, Colledge A, Ung C, Majeed A. Interventions for enhancing consumers' online health literacy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2011 [cited 2017 12 5];(6):Article CD007092. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD007092.pub2. Available from: