Evaluation, use, and usefulness of prescription drug information sources among anglo and hispanic Americans

Denise E. Delorme, Jisu Huh, Leonard N. Reid

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This survey was conducted to determine and compare how Anglo and Hispanic Americans evaluate and use interpersonal, advertising, and mediated sources of prescription drug information. Findings suggest the following: (1) Hispanics rely on doctors, Internet advertising sources, and direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA), while Anglos frequently use health-related websites and health care professionals; (2) Anglos are more likely to use health-related websites such as WebMD, although Anglos and Hispanics do not appear significantly different in Internet source usefulness evaluation; (3) Hispanics rely on television (TV) and DTC TV advertising more than Anglos, and this tendency is stronger for strong than weak Hispanic identifiers; (4) Hispanics evaluate TV news stories and TV advertising as more useful than Anglos; (5) Hispanics evaluate DTCA more positively and with less skepticism than Anglos; and (6) Hispanic ethnic identification level is positively related to preferences for Spanish-language media and health care professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-38
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Health Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010

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This research was funded in part by the University of Central Florida Research Foundation.


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