Flash Eurobarometer 404 (European Citizens´ Digital Health Literacy)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • European Commission, Brussels
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels DG Communication COMM A1 ´Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer´ Unit (Researcher)
  • TNS Dimarso, Brussels, Belgium (Data Collector)
  • TNS BBSS, Sofia, Bulgaria (Data Collector)
  • TNS Aisa s.r.o., Prague, Czech Republic (Data Collector)
  • TNS GALLUP A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark (Data Collector)
  • TNS Infratest, Munich, Germany (Data Collector)
  • TNS Emor, Tallinn, Estonia (Data Collector)
  • IMS Millward Brown, Dublin, Ireland (Data Collector)
  • TNS ICAP, Athens, Greece (Data Collector)
  • TNS Demoscopia S.A., Madrid, Spain (Data Collector)
  • TNS Sofres, Montrouge, France (Data Collector)
  • TNS ITALIA, Milan, Italy (Data Collector)
  • CYMAR, Nicosia, Cyprus (Data Collector)
  • TNS Latvia, Riga, Latvia (Data Collector)
  • TNS Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania (Data Collector)
  • TNS Dimarso, Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Data Collector)
  • TNS Hoffmann Kft, Budapest, Hungary (Data Collector)
  • MISCO International Ltd, Valletta, Malta (Data Collector)
  • TNS NIPO, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Data Collector)
  • TNS Austria, Vienna, Austria (Data Collector)
  • TNS OBOP, Warsaw, Poland (Data Collector)
  • TNS EUROTESTE, Lisbon, Portugal (Data Collector)
  • TNS CSOP, Bucharest, Romania (Data Collector)
  • RM PLUS, Maribor, Slovenia (Data Collector)
  • TNS AISA Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia (Data Collector)
  • TNS GALLUP Oy, Espoo, Finland (Data Collector)
  • TNS SIFO, Stockholm, Sweden (Data Collector)
  • TNS UK, London, United Kingdom (Data Collector)
  • HENDAL, Zagreb, Croatia (Data Collector)
  • TNS Political & Social, Brussels (international co-ordination) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Medicine
    • Communication, Public Opinion, Media
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Health
    • General health
    • Health care and medical treatment
    • Information society
  • Abstract

    Digital health literacy. Topics: frequency of Internet use for private purposes within the last year; frequency of Internet use for health-related information; type of health-related information (general information on health-related topics or ways to improve health, information on a specific injury, disease, illness or condition, information to get a second opinion after a doctor´s visit, specific information on medical treatment or procedure); specific type of information when trying to access general information on health-related topics or ways to improve health (e.g. information on mental well-being, lifestyle choices, on pharmaceuticals, on vaccinations, testimonials or experiences from other patients, etc.); frequency of Internet use on these specific topics; used sources for Internet information (Internet search engines, online newspapers or magazines, specific websites, blogs or forums, online social networks, patient organizations’ websites, specific apps for mobile devices, websites from official health organisations); person or persons for whom the respondent searched this information; appropriate questions to other types of health-related information mentioned by the respondent; assessment of the quality of the information; self-rated digital health literacy (knowledge how to navigate the Internet for answers to health questions, Internet provides sufficient information on health-related topics, knowledge where to find reliable information, understanding the terminology used on the Internet, ability to distinguish the differences in quality of health-related information, knowledge how to use the health-related information, trust in information to make health-related decisions, research on the Internet helps to improve the own knowledge of health-related topics, looking for information online leads to greater confusion than before); satisfaction with the health-related information; reasons for dissatisfaction; own activities after the last time the respondent used the Internet to search for health-related information (doctor’s appointment, self-medication or change of lifestyle, looked for additional information from other sources, spoke to friends or relatives or to others with the same conditions, used this information to help another person, did nothing); likelihood to use the Internet for health-related information; non-Internet users were asked: reasons why not use the Internet for health-related information; frequency of looking for health-related information and type of health-related information; used alternative sources of information (doctor, friends, relatives, or other people, books or encyclopedias, newspapers or magazines, medical programs or documentaries on the radio or on the TV, no need to search for health-related information); person or persons for whom the respondent searched this information; likelihood of future Internet use to get information on health-related questions; again all: opinion on the statement the Internet is a good tool to help improve the own knowledge of health-related topics; self-rated level of health; long-term disease or health problem; number of times, the respondent visited a doctor within the last 12 months; self-rated general knowledge of health-related topics; frequency of physical activities in a sports context. Demography: age; sex; age at end of full-time education; employment status and occupational position; region; type of community; telephone equipment: mobile phone, landline phone in the household; number of persons aged 15 and over in the household (household size).
Temporal Coverage
  • 2014-09-18 / 2014-09-20
Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Finland (FI)
  • France (FR)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • United Kingdom (GB)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Slovakia (SK)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Croatia (HR)
Sampled Universe
Population of the respective nationalities of the European Union Member States, resident in each of the 28 Member States and aged 15 years and over
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 26566
    Number of Variables: 332
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5948 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • European Commission: Flash Eurobarometer 404. European citizens´ digital health literacy. Conducted by TNS Political & Social at the request of the European Commission, Directorate-General Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). Survey co-ordinated by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM “Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer” Unit). Brussels, November 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.2759/86596

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 23 | Registration Date: 2015-03-10