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Incorporation of a digital health literacy model into the curricula of medical and rehabilitation science courses in higher education

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Lorena Martinez-Ulloa ,
Lorena Martinez-Ulloa

Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, School of Speech Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, 7591538, Chile

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Arturo Flores ,
Arturo Flores

Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, School of Speech Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, 7591538, Chile

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Yolanda Maldonado-Aguayo ,
Yolanda Maldonado-Aguayo

Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, School of Speech Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, 7591538, Chile

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Sergio Fuentealba-Urra ,
Sergio Fuentealba-Urra

Research Institute on Quality of Life, University of Girona, Girona, Spain

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Andrés Rubio ,
Andrés Rubio

Research Institute on Quality of Life, University of Girona, Girona, Spain

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Jenny Guerrero ,
Jenny Guerrero

Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, School of Speech Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, 7591538, Chile

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Claudia Ravazzano ,
Claudia Ravazzano

Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, School of Speech Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, 7591538, Chile

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Abstract

Introduction: Currently, digital resources have changed the way we live in areas such as education and health. This scenario was reinforced after the COVID-19 pandemic, where society had to quickly adapt to virtual scenarios to access health services. In this way, electronic health (eHealth) is positioned as a relevant issue in the training of university health professionals and as a way to make higher education relevant to the innovation and digital transformation experienced by the health system. This research proposes as a general objective to analyze the degree of association between university education models and the development of health literacy for health and rehabilitation students. Method: The study, quantitative descriptive-correlational and cross-sectional design, brings together the self-perception in eHealth competences, through the application of the eHealth Literacy Scale (eHeals), to 60 participants who were studying their professional practice to access the title of Speech Therapist. Results: The results reveal a significant difference between students who participated in an electronic health skills training pro-gram compared to those who were not part of such a program in their university education. Conclusion: The implementation of digital health literacy programs in higher education increases the ability to search for and evaluate the quality of health information online.

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Martinez-Ulloa L, Flores A, Maldonado-Aguayo Y, Fuentealba-Urra S, Rubio A, Guerreo J, Ravazzano C. Incorporation of a digital health literacy model into the curricula of medical and rehabilitation science courses in higher education. Salud, Ciencia y Tecnología [Internet]. 2024 Jun. 30 [cited 2024 Jul. 15];4:909. Available from: https://revista.saludcyt.ar/ojs/index.php/sct/article/view/909

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