Knowledge, Perceptions and Attitudes of eHealth and Health Technology among Nursing Students from Gauteng Province, South Africa

Eucebious Lekalakala-Mokgele, Mygirl P. Lowane*, Ntlogeleng Mabina Mogale

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Abstract

The use of technology in healthcare settings was identified as a crucial priority in many countries to provide quality healthcare services. eHealth or digital health technology is found to have a positive influence on improving the efficiency and quality of healthcare services. It has been proven to provide opportunities to strengthen health systems. This study aims to assess eHealth literacy, pre-existing knowledge and the nursing students’ perceptions and attitudes towards eHealth. A quantitative, descriptive, cross-sectional survey was used in this study. The population of this study comprised 266 nursing students in the undergraduate programme of the Department of Nursing, among which 244 consented to participate in the study. A standardised and self-administered tool was utilised to collect data from nursing students across the four levels of study. Results showed that students in level four exhibit high scores of knowledge in the use of eLearning technology as compared to first-entry university nursing students. Nursing students used the internet frequently, especially to access social media and search for health and medical information for their study. Attitudes towards eHealth and technology were also found to be positive. The study recommends that digital literacy should be enhanced in the nursing education curriculum in other to further strengthen the knowledge and skills towards the use of eHealth and health technology among nursing students.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1672
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Volume11
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

Keywords

  • attitude
  • digital literacy
  • eHealth
  • eLearning
  • health technology
  • knowledge
  • mobile devices
  • nursing students
  • perception

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