Knowledge and information credibility evaluation strategies regarding COVID-19: A cross-sectional study

Anat Amit Aharon, Angela Ruban, Ilana Dubovi

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Background: The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has not only caused significant challenges for health systems worldwide, but also fueled a surge in misinformation. Nurses as frontline health care providers should be equipped with the most accurate information on COVID-19. Purpose: This study examines nurses’ knowledge and strategies of information credibility sourcing. Method: A cross-sectional survey among nurses and laypersons with no health care background. The questionnaire dealt with knowledge and ability assess credibility of COVID-19 information. Findings: Nurses' knowledge of COVID-19 preventative behaviors was significantly higher than that of laypersons; however, there was no difference in science-based knowledge of COVID-19. In contrast to laypersons, nurses in this study were better able to discern the credibility of health-related information about COVID-19 than laypersons. Yet they rarely used scientific criteria in evaluating conflicting information. Discussion: Given the importance of assessing the credibility of information, both information literacy skills and science-based knowledge about COVID-19 should be offered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-31
Number of pages10
JournalNursing Outlook
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • COVID-19
  • Credibility evaluation
  • Epistemic thinking
  • Misinformation
  • Science-based knowledge
  • Sourcing
  • Trustworthiness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (all)


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