A cross-sectional study of nursing students' eHealth literacy and COVID-19 preventive behaviours.

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This study explored nursing students' eHealth literacy, lifestyle behaviours and COVID-19-related preventive behaviours and associated factors.


A cross-sectional comparative correlational study.


Nursing students (n = 358) from a metropolitan area of South Korea were recruited for an online survey. The online questionnaire included: The eHealth Literacy Scale, the Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile-II and the COVID-19-related preventive behaviour scale.


COVID-19-related preventive behaviours correlated positively with satisfaction with one's major, time spent seeking health information online, eHealth literacy and lifestyle behaviours. Significant factors affecting COVID-19-related preventive behaviours were the following: being female (β = 0.194, p < .001), time spent seeking health information online (β = 0.114, p = .002), eHealth literacy (β = 0.167, p = .001) and lifestyle behaviours (β = 0.266, p < .001).


Findings highlight the need to strengthen searching behaviours to access accurate health information online and reinforce eHealth literacy and health-promoting lifestyle behaviours to improve COVID-19 preventive behaviours among nursing students.





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Kim, Kyoung-A, Myung Sun Hyun, Jennie C De Gagne and Jeong-Ah Ahn (2023). A cross-sectional study of nursing students' eHealth literacy and COVID-19 preventive behaviours. Nursing open, 10(2). pp. 544–551. 10.1002/nop2.1320 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/26989.

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De Gagne

Jennie De Gagne

Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing

Jennie Chang De Gagne, PhD, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, is a Clinical Professor and the Director of the Nursing Education Major/Certificate at the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON). She is dedicated to advancing the science of teaching and learning through the application of instructional technologies, creating a student-centered environment that fosters meaningful and constructive learning experiences. Her expertise in cybercivility positions her at the forefront of this crucial field, leading her to develop and spearhead innovative projects that address incivility in cyberspace among health professionals and students. With over 200 publications, including 120 in peer-reviewed journals, and 150 presentations on topics such as technology integration in the classroom, faculty development in online education, and cybercivility, she has demonstrated exceptional productivity in disseminating her scholarly work. Additionally, she has expertise in providing distance/online instruction for workforce training.

De Gagne is board certified in Nursing Professional Development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has earned certification as a nurse educator from the National League for Nursing. She is a member of the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education and the American Academy of Nursing. Throughout her professional and academic career, she has received scholarships and awards. Her expertise has garnered national and international media attention, leading to interviews in both print and digital media.

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