The internet has revolutionized the access options to health informatics. In contrast to other types of information sources, everybody who has access to the internet has access to health informatics on demand. The focus of this paper is the attitude and level of trust expressed by elderly Danes towards health information from different types of media compared with information given by health professionals. The study was conducted as a cross-sectional survey among 2 000 Danes over 60 years of age using a postal questionnaire compiled for the purpose. The theoretical foundation of the study was a constructive evaluation of the problem domain, followed by a quantitive evaluation.

The results showed that elderly internet users have confidence in the health information obtained on the internet. Furthermore, it showed that lack of motivation and doubt of usability are the main barriers against internet usage among the elderly.