What is it about?

This article is about the ability to critically evaluate health information, which is an important part of health literacy. The study aims to define the specific abilities needed to properly evaluate health information and identify factors that influence this ability. The study used a systematic review of past research and an online consultation with Swiss stakeholders to develop a list of core competencies for health information appraisal. The study provides a theoretical basis for developing tools to measure health information appraisal competence and interventions to build this competence in the population.

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Why is it important?

This study is important because critically evaluating health information is crucial for making informed decisions about one's health. However, there is currently no clear understanding of what specific skills, attitudes, and knowledge are needed to appraise health information effectively. This study addresses this gap by systematically defining the concept of health information appraisal competence, which can help assess this ability and develop interventions to improve it. The study provides valuable insights into the factors that influence health information appraisal competence and highlights the need for greater awareness, education, and collaboration among stakeholders involved in providing health information. Ultimately, improving health information appraisal competence can lead to better health outcomes and a more informed and empowered population.


I believe this article will inspire others in the field of health communication or health literacy to build in the same direction and to develop dedicated tools and interventions.

Nicola Diviani
Swiss Paraplegic Research

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This page is a summary of: Disentangling health information appraisal competence: Results from an interdisciplinary scoping review and online consultation among Swiss stakeholders, PLoS ONE, July 2020, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0235474.
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