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أ.د. أحمد البراك


أستاذ في كلية الطب, رئيس وحدة المعلوماتية الطبية و التعليم الالكتروني. المشرف على كرسي المعلوماتية الصحية و تعزيز الصحة. رئيس البرنامج المشترك للصحة العامة في جامعة الملك سعود

كلية الطب
جامعة الملك سعود, كلية الطب, الدور الثاني مكاتب اعضاء هيئة التدريس 28235
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Development of Saudi e-health literacy scale for chronic diseases in Saudi Arabia: using integrated health literacy dimensions

Health literacy has become a global issue, and it is important that patients and individuals are able to use information technology to access health information and educational services. The research objective is to develop a Saudi e-health literacy scale (SeHL) for measuring e-health literacy among Saudis suffering from non-communicable diseases (NCD).

Overall, 14 relevant papers in related interdisciplinary fields were reviewed to select the most useful literacy dimensions. From these articles, we extracted the most common dimensions used to measure e-health literacy across the disciplines. Multiple workshops with multidisciplinary team members reviewed and evaluated items for SeHL.

Four key aspects of e-health literacy—use of technology/media, information-seeking, usefulness and confidence—were identified and integrated as e-health literacy dimensions. These will be used to measure e-health literacy among Saudi patients with NCDs. A translation from Arabic to English was performed in order to ensure that translation process was accurate. A SeHL scale was developed to measure e-health literacy among Saudi patients. By understanding e-health literacy levels, we will be able to create a patient-education system to be used by patients in Saudi Arabia.

As information technology is increasingly used by people of all ages all over the world, e-health literacy has been identified as a key factor in determining health outcomes. To date, no comprehensive scale exists to assess e-health literacy levels among speakers of Arabic, particularly among people with NCD such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and hypertension.

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International Journal for Quality in Health Care
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