Trust in Health Information Among Older Adults in Iceland

Ágústa Pálsdóttir*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The aim of the study is to explore trust in health information among Icelanders´ who have reached the age of 56 years and older. In particular, it will examine their perceptions of factors that impact the evaluation of the quality of health information and their experience of false- and misinformation, as well as their media and information literacy in connection to it. The following research questions were asked: (1) What are older adults experience of false information and misinformation in relation to health? (2) How do they perceive their capabilities of critically evaluating and selecting quality health information? The data was gathered in April to June 2022 by a telephone survey and an internet survey from random samples of 214 people aged 56 years and older. Both datasets were merged, allowing answers from all individuals belonging to each set of data. The total response rate was 45%. The main findings are that the participants were rather confident about their ability to detect false- or misinformation about health and were not troubled by it. Information from health professionals was considered most reliable, and health information in social media the least. Nevertheless, it seems that during COVID-19 older adults have become more skeptical of health professionals. Furthermore, the findings indicate that the participants are more familiar with printed sources and that they find it easier to critically judge the quality of information in it rather than in digital sources. Thus, health information sources that they are more accustomed to use still seem to hold a higher value for them than digital sources.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population - 9th International Conference, ITAP 2023, Held as Part of the 25th HCI International Conference, HCII 2023, Proceedings
EditorsQin Gao, Jia Zhou
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages173-185
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783031349164
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event9th International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2023, held as part of the 25th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2023 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 23 Jul 202328 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume14043 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2023, held as part of the 25th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2023
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period23/07/2328/07/23

Bibliographical note

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Other keywords

  • False information
  • Misinformation
  • Older adults
  • Trust in health information

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