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Accelerated importance of eHealth literacy in the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond
European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing  (IF3.908),  Pub Date : 2020-07-15, DOI: 10.1177/1474515120941307
Gunhild Brørs, Cameron D Norman, Tone M Norekvål

During the past few months, we have entered a new era in healthcare delivery for patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD). As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic requires quarantine and isolation, face-to-face visits in both primary and secondary care have been hugely reduced. In these few months, we have also learnt that CVD and CVD risk factors are common among hospitalised patients with COVID-19.1 The rapid development of COVID-19 provokes a need quickly and creatively to rethink our modes of healthcare delivery and to move beyond traditional place-based models and embrace electronic health (eHealth) resources that connect care through the internet and related technologies. In the current issue of the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Neubeck and co-authors2 bring together the evidence for remote healthcare during a quarantine situation to support people living with CVD during COVID-19 isolation. Three overarching themes emerged from this rapid review: (a) preparing the workforce and ensuring reimbursement for remote healthcare; (b) supporting mental and physical health; and (c) supporting usual care. The findings are synthesised into the ‘Top 10 recommendations for remote delivery of healthcare to CVD patients’.2 What should be further elaborated on, however, is the skills (literacy) needed to find and understand health information from eHealth resources and, importantly, how the information is critically appraised.