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ZA5948: Flash Eurobarometer 404 (European Citizens´ Digital Health Literacy)

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  • ZA5948_v1-0-0.dta (Dataset Stata) 14 MBytes
  • ZA5948_v1-0-0.por (Dataset SPSS Portable) 22 MBytes
  • ZA5948_v1-0-0.sav (Dataset SPSS) 13 MBytes


  • ZA5948_bq.pdf (Questionnaire) 259 KBytes
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  • ZA5948_q_lv-ru.pdf (Questionnaire) 250 KBytes
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  • ZA5948_readme.pdf (Other Document) 21 KBytes
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Citation Citation European Commission, Brussels (2015): Flash Eurobarometer 404 (European Citizens´ Digital Health Literacy). TNS Political & Social [producer]. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5948 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA5948
TitleFlash Eurobarometer 404 (European Citizens´ Digital Health Literacy)
Current Version1.0.0, 2015-3-9,
Date of Collection18.09.2014 - 20.09.2014
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • European Commission, Brussels DG Communication COMM A1 ´Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer´ Unit


AbstractDigital 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).
Categories Categories
  • Medicine
  • Communication, Public Opinion, Media
Topics Topics
  • 7 Health
  • 7.3 General health
  • 7.4 Health care and medical treatment
  • 9.1 Information society


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)
UniversePopulation of the respective nationalities of the European Union Member States, resident in each of the 28 Member States and aged 15 years and over
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview: Computer-assisted (CATI)
Data CollectorTNS Dimarso, Brussels, Belgium; TNS BBSS, Sofia, Bulgaria; TNS Aisa s.r.o., Prague, Czech Republic; TNS GALLUP A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark; TNS Infratest, Munich, Germany; TNS Emor, Tallinn, Estonia; IMS Millward Brown, Dublin, Ireland; TNS ICAP, Athens, Greece; TNS Demoscopia S.A., Madrid, Spain; TNS Sofres, Montrouge, France; TNS ITALIA, Milan, Italy; CYMAR, Nicosia, Cyprus; TNS Latvia, Riga, Latvia; TNS Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania; TNS Dimarso, Luxembourg, Luxembourg; TNS Hoffmann Kft, Budapest, Hungary; MISCO International Ltd, Valletta, Malta; TNS NIPO, Amsterdam, Netherlands; TNS Austria, Vienna, Austria; TNS OBOP, Warsaw, Poland; TNS EUROTESTE, Lisbon, Portugal; TNS CSOP, Bucharest, Romania; RM PLUS, Maribor, Slovenia; TNS AISA Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia; TNS GALLUP Oy, Espoo, Finland; TNS SIFO, Stockholm, Sweden; TNS UK, London, United Kingdom; HENDAL, Zagreb, Croatia; TNS Political & Social, Brussels (international co-ordination)
Date of Collection
  • 18.09.2014 - 20.09.2014

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2015-3-9 Archive release
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 26566
Number of Variables: 332
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • 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.
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  •  EB - Flash Eurobarometer
    The Flash Eurobarometer were launched by the European Commission in the late eighties, turning out a Monthly Monitor between in 1994 and 1995. These “small scale” surveys are conducted in all EU member states at times, occasionally reducing or enlarging the scope of countries as a function of specific topics. The typical sample size is 500-1000 respondents per country and interviews are usually conducted by phone in the respective national language. The Flash Eurobarometer include series on special topics (Common Currency, EU Enlargement, Information Society, Entrepreneurship, Innovation) as well as special target group polls, particularly company managers with enterprise related topics.