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Table 2 The status of digital health literacy by different internet-related characteristics (N = 572)

From: Current status and influencing factors of digital health literacy among community-dwelling older adults in Southwest China: a cross-sectional study

Characteristic n (%) Digital health literacy
Mean (SD) F or t P value
Duration of internet usage    450.972  < 0.001
  0 183 (31.99%) 15.50 (2.22)   
  1–5 year (s) 202 (35.31%) 41.54 (12.75)   
  6–10 years 146 (25.52%) 52.42 (11.50)   
   ≥ 11 years 41 (7.17%) 57.02 (12.25)   
Frequency of internet usage    583.173  < 0.001
  Never/Seldom 186 (32.52%) 15.45 (1.99)   
  Several times a week 25 (4.37%) 34.76 (11.56)   
  Every day 361 (63.11%) 48.41 (13.04)   
Time spent using the internet per day    286.262  < 0.001
  < 1 h 243 (42.48%) 20.47 (11.10)   
  1–2 h 171 (29.90%) 46.70 (11.88)   
  3–4 h 101 (17.66%) 51.23 (12.53)   
  ≥ 5 h 57 (9.97%) 54.12 (13.06)   
frequency of asking for help actively    189.95  < 0.001
  Never/Seldom 296 (51.75%) 25.71 (16.16)   
  Sometimes 130 (22.73%) 49.07 (12.09)   
  Often/Always 146 (25.52%) 49.52 (12.67)   
frequency of receiving guidance passively    220.901  < 0.001
  Never/Seldom 277 (48.43%) 24.39 (15.43)   
  Sometimes 140 (24.48%) 48.46 (12.53)   
  Often/Always 155 (27.10%) 49.54 (12.57)   
Perceived usefulness    300.094  < 0.001
Not useful at all/Not useful 218 (38.11%) 20.12 (10.49)   
  Unsure 117 (20.45%) 45.90 (12.82)   
  Useful/Very useful 237 (41.43%) 48.37 (15.09)   
Perceived ease of use    408.686  < 0.001
  Very difficult/Difficult 287 (50.17%) 23.00 (12.82)   
  Unsure 48 (8.39%) 44.46 (11.64)   
  Easy/Very easy 237 (41.43%) 52.68 (10.93)   
Perceived risk    247.122  < 0.001
  Very low/Low 189 (33.04%) 51.39 (12.22)   
  Unsure 99 (17.31%) 46.17 (14.33)   
  High/Very high 284 (49.65%) 24.42 (14.33)   
Perceived reliability    273.213  < 0.001
  Not at all/A little 284 (49.65%) 23.96 (14.00)   
  Unsure 176 (30.77%) 49.81 (11.71)   
  Somewhat/Mostly 112 (19.58%) 50.43 (14.05)