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dc.contributor.authorHiggins, O
dc.contributor.authorSixsmith, J
dc.contributor.authorBarry, Margaret M.
dc.contributor.authorDomegan, C
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-29T09:07:55Z
dc.date.available2014-09-29T09:07:55Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationHiggins, O; Sixsmith, J; Barry MM; Domegan, C (2011) A literature review on health information seeking behaviour on the web: a health consumer and health professional perspective. ECDC, .en_US
dc.identifier.issn978-92-9193-307-5
dc.identifier.urihttp://ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications/Publications/Literature%20review%20on%20health%20information-seeking%20behaviour%20on%20the%20web.pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/4588
dc.descriptionReporten_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this literature review is to provide an overview of research studies published from 2006 to 2010 in the English language on online health information-seeking behaviour by adults from the perspective of both the health consumer and the health professional. Interest in the internet as a communication tool for health-related information is growing rapidly [1]. The profile of online health consumers can be broadly defined as patients, patients friends/relatives, and citizens in general [2]. Health information-seeking behaviour varies depending on type of information sought, reasons for, and experience of, searching [3]. Research shows that women are more likely than men to search for health information [4,5] and online health consumers tend to be more educated, earn more, and have high-speed internet access at home and at work [6,7]. Internet-based health information is accessed from a variety of sources, including websites run by organisations, homepages run by individuals, and online support groups where people actively exchange health information and blogs. As more people use the internet as a source of health information the issue of source credibility and trust in websites becomes important [8]. Research shows that health professionals use of the internet to obtain health and medical information has increased [9 11]. Furthermore, in a cross-sectional survey, 80% of physicians reported experience of patients presenting printed internet-sourced health information at visits [12]. Thus, the traditional doctor patient relationship is being challenged. The internet is a resource available to an increasing number of European citizens but, as with other information sources, differential access and use is apparent both within countries and between countries in the European Union. A lack of research in the European context means that the potential of the internet as a source of health information may not be fully understood. Nevertheless, the internet would appear to provide the ideal medium for the provision of information targeted at the prevention and control of communicable disease for both health consumers and health professionals in Europe.en_US
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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherECDCen_US
dc.subjectHealthy literacyen_US
dc.subjectSocial marketingen_US
dc.subjectHealth informationen_US
dc.subjectConsumer healthen_US
dc.titleA literature review on health information seeking behaviour on the web: a health consumer and health professional perspective.en_US
dc.typeReporten_US
dc.date.updated2014-09-27T16:59:07Z
dc.identifier.doi10.2900/5788
dc.local.publishedsourcehttp://dx.doi.org/10.2900/5788en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewedpeer-reviewed
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dc.local.contactMargaret Barry, Ctr For Health Promotion Studies, Room 338a, Aras Moyola, Nui Galway. 3348 Email: margaret.barry@nuigalway.ie
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