Digital literacy in older people: a scoping review protocol




Computer literacy; Digital inclusion; Digital technology; Aged.


Objective: To identify studies that assess digital literacy in the literature and map the instruments that assess digital literacy in the elderly. Methods: A search of published literature in English, Portuguese and Spanish will be carried out in Medline, VHL – Bireme, EBSCOHOST, Scopus, Web of Science, Embase, Cochrane Library, PsycInfo, Pubmed and Psycarticles databases. Two authors will evaluate the title, abstracts and full texts for eligibility. A customized data extraction form will be used to extract data from the included studies, which will be: (1) studies involving older adults (age ≥ 60 years); (2) quantitative and intervention studies, studies with a transversal and longitudinal design, experimental or clinical studies, studies of instruments that aim to assess digital literacy in the elderly. Results: The extracted data will be tabulated, together with a narrative summary.

Author Biography

Lucas Parente Pessoa, Universidade de São Paulo

Graduated in Psychology from USJT, Postgraduate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and is currently pursuing a Masters in Gerontology from Universidade de São Paulo (USP).

He works as a Clinical Psychologist in the Moema neighborhood, in the city of São Paulo, in his private practice and also in the Tatuapé neighborhood at the SerPsi Medical and Psychological Clinic, in which he is Owner, Technical Psychologist in Charge and Clinical Psychologist.

He is a Professor at Unianchieta University and is responsible for teaching the subjects Psychoanalytic Theories and Techniques I and II and Developmental Psychology II for the Undergraduate Psychology course.

Experience in: Clinical Psychology, Teaching, Clinical Supervision, Internship Supervision, Mental and Public Health, Psychoanalysis, Scientific Research, Gerontology, Social Psychology, Group Dynamics and People Recruitment and Management.


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How to Cite

PESSOA, L. P. .; CIPOLLI, G. C. .; CLIQUET, L. O. B. V. .; CARVALHO, J. C. .; CACHIONI, M. Digital literacy in older people: a scoping review protocol. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 11, n. 14, p. e164111436092, 2022. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v11i14.36092. Disponível em: Acesso em: 17 jun. 2024.



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