Digitization and Health in Germany: Results of a Nationwide Survey

Key results

This study investigated the attitudes toward and the use of digital technologies for health-related purposes using a nationwide survey of the general population in Germany

A total of 1014 Internet users from all 16 German states were interviewed on the topic of digitization and health in four areas using computer-assisted telephone interviews in October 2020:

  1. Attitudes toward and use of digital technologies
  2. Digitization and COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Digitization and physical activity
  4. Digital health literacy.
52% of participants were female and mean age was 54 years. Among all participants 62% completed up to tertiary (primary and secondary) education and 45% reported a household income of up to 3,500 euros per month.


stated that digitization will be important for therapy and health care in the future.


thought that they come across inaccurate digital information on the COVID-19 pandemic.


of those who use digital technologies for physical activity found such technologies easy to use.


were confident in making health-related decisions based on the information from the Internet.

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