Park H (2019) Nursing Students' eHealth Literacy in the U.S. and South Korea. Int Arch Nurs Health Care 5:122.


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RESEARCH ARTICLE | OPEN ACCESS DOI: 10.23937/2469-5823/1510122

Nursing Students' eHealth Literacy in the U.S. and South Korea

Hyejin Park*

Associate Professor, Florida State University College of Nursing, USA



Online health information is a critical resource for health information seekers and, thus, nursing professionals must be able to find and distinguish the quality of health information online to support patients and caregivers. This study evaluated perceived eHealth literacy skills among nursing students in the U.S. and South Korea.


eHEALS was used to assess 169 undergraduate nursing students' eHealth literacy.


The study results showed that nursing students lacked confidence in using online health information to make health-related decisions and had difficulty determining whether online health resources were high or low quality. In a comparison of the two countries, we found that students in the U.S. have greater eHealth literacy.


Evaluation of eHealth literacy of nursing students in both countries is a fundamental data for developing curriculum to address these skills.