Perceived Hindrances to Health Information

Ágústa Pálsdóttir*

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The paper examines perceived hindrances to information about healthy living and how it relates to education, age, and sex. Data was collected by a survey, using a random sample of 1,800 people aged 18 years and older. The response rate was 39%. In addition to background questions, information hindrances were measured by a total of 15 questions, which are all in the form of statements. For six of the 15 statements presented in the study, half or more of participants in all socio-demographic groups agreed that they describe hindrances. The participants´ experience of the hindrances varied though. Findings about socio-demographic differences mainly related to age and education, although differences by sex were also found for some of the hindrances.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Literacy in a Post-Truth Era - 7th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2021, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsSerap Kurbanoğlu, Sonja Špiranec, Yurdagül Ünal, Joumana Boustany, Denis Kos
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783030998844
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022
Event7th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 20 Sep 202123 Sep 2021

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1533 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference7th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2021
CityVirtual, Online

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The study was supported by the University of Iceland Research Fund.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Other keywords

  • Age
  • Education
  • Health information
  • Information barriers
  • Lifelong learning
  • Media and information literacy
  • Sex


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