Community health information sources: A survey in three disparate communities

Dart, Jared, Gallois, Cindy and Yellowlees, Peter (2008) Community health information sources: A survey in three disparate communities. Australian Health Review, 32 1: 186-196.

Author Dart, Jared
Gallois, Cindy
Yellowlees, Peter
Title Community health information sources: A survey in three disparate communities
Journal name Australian Health Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0156-5788
Publication date 2008-02
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 186
End page 196
Total pages 11
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Australian Healthcare Association
Language eng
Subject 1608 Sociology
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
Objective: To determine the current utilisation, importance, trust and future preference for contemporary sources of health information in three different socioeconomic groups.
: A pilot study including key informant interviews and direct observation was conducted in a low socioeconomic community. From this work a survey questionnaire was designed and implemented across three different communities.
Participants and setting: Semi-structured key informant interviews and focus groups capturing 52 respondents. Paper-based surveys were left in community organisations and local health practices in a low socioeconomic (LSE) community on the out-skirts of Ipswich, Queensland, a mid-high socioeconomic (MSE) community in the western suburbs of Brisbane, and at a local university.
Main outcome measures:
Rank of current and preferred future sources of health information, importance and trustworthiness of health information sources.
Results: Across all three communities the local doctor was the most currently used, important, trusted and preferred future source of health information. The most striking difference between the three communities related to the current use and preferred future use of the internet. The internet was a more currently used source of health information and more important source in the university population than the LSE or MSE populations. It was also a less preferred source of future health information in the LSE population than the MSE or university populations. Importantly, currently used sources of health information did not reflect community members' preferred sources of health information.
People in different socioeconomic communities obtain health information from various sources. This may reflect access issues, education and awareness of the internet as a source of health information, less health information seeking as well as a reluctance by the e-health community to address the specific needs of this group.
Keyword Community
Information sources
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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