Psychometric properties of the Hungarian version of the eHealth Literacy Scale

Zrubka, Zsombor, Hajdu, Ottó, Rencz, Fanni, Baji, Petra, Gulácsi, László and Péntek, Márta (2019) Psychometric properties of the Hungarian version of the eHealth Literacy Scale. The European Journal of Health Economics, 2019 (20). S57-S69. DOI

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Background We adapted the eHealth Literacy Scale (eHEALS) for Hungary and tested its psychometric properties on a large representative online sample of the general population. Methods The Hungarian version of eHEALS was developed using forward–backward translation. For the valuation study, 1000 respondents were recruited in early 2019 from a large online panel by a survey company. We tested internal consistency, test–retest reliability and construct and criterion validity using classical test theory, as well as item characteristics using an item-response theory (IRT) graded response model (GRM). Results 55% of respondents were female, and 22.1% were ≥ 65 years old. Mean eHEALS score was 29.2 (SD: 5.18). Internal consistency was good (Cronbach’s α=0.90), and test–retest reliability was moderate (intraclass correlation r=0.64). We identifed a single-factor structure by exploratory factor analysis, explaining 85% of test variance. Essential criteria for GRM analysis were met. Items 3 and 4 (search of health resources) were the least difcult, followed by items 5 and 8 (utilisation of health information), and then items 1 and 2 (awareness of health resources). Items 6 and 7 (appraisal of health resources) were most difcult. The measurement properties of eHEALS were not afected by gender, age, education or income levels. Female gender, older age, intensity of health information seeking, formal health education and visit at the electronic healthrecord website were associated with higher eHEALS scores, as well as best and worst self-perceived health states, BMI<25 and participation at health screenings over the past year. Conclusions The Hungarian eHEALS is a useful and valid tool for measuring subjective eHealth literacy.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:eHEALS, eHealth literacy, item-response theory, validation, Hungary, EQ-5D-5L
JEL classification:I10 - Health: General
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Social welfare, insurance, health care
ID Code:5314
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:03 Apr 2020 12:58
Last Modified:03 Apr 2020 12:58

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