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Health Information Seeking among Young Adults in Sweden
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Karlstad Business School (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3211-6529
2018 (English)In: Proceedings - IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. , 2018, p. 262-267Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A survey of health information seeking behaviour among young adults, 18-29 years old, reports that as well as searching for information for their own use, searching for information to help family and friends is also practised?. Overall, the top 5 categories of information searched are 'Personal Health', 'Symptoms', 'Healthy Diet', 'Mental Health' and 'Treatment'. For the Top 5 Information searches for Self, 'Disease Prevention' is in 5th place and displaces 'Mental Health'. Respondents mostly report a high regard for the information they retrieve in their searches. The use of support groups for themselves is reported, as well an altruistic motivation to support others. While the motivation for many searches is to avoid attending a health professional, approximately one-third search after their visit. Of the respondents who are Swedish residents, 42% are unaware of the availability of their Journalen, online health record in Sweden, and of those 56.7% who know of it, 18% have never accessed it.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. , 2018. p. 262-267
Keywords [en]
Health information seeking, on line health information, young adults health information seeking behaviour, Health, Information retrieval, Motivation, Disease prevention, Health informations, Health professionals, Health records, Information search, Personal health, Searching for informations, Support groups, Information use
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Medical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-69099DOI: 10.1109/CBMS.2018.00053Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85050970901ISBN: 9781538660607 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-69099DiVA, id: diva2:1246334
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31st IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2018, 18 June 2018 through 21 June 2018
Available from: 2018-09-07 Created: 2018-09-07 Last updated: 2019-02-26Bibliographically approved

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