Online Health Information Use, Assessment, and Gaps Identified by Minnesotans

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This study identified where Minnesotans find online health information, how they use it, their confidence in assessing it, and what they think is missing. In August 2016, the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries conducted a study of adults at the Minnesota State Fair. Convenience sampling yielded a total of 255 participants, with the majority being white, female, urban, and highly educated. Participants valued the ability to access OHI and used it for a variety of purposes. A high percentage of participants thought they had the knowledge, skills, and confidence to navigate OHI, yet were uncertain about indicators of quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-312
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Consumer Health on the Internet
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Adapted from Fallis and Fricke study (Fallis and Fricke 2002) We generated this list ourselves, but it was heavily influenced by studies conducted by the Pew Research Center and the National Cancer Institute (Princeton Survery Research Associates International 2012; National Institutes of Health 2014).

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© 2018, © 2018 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


  • Consumer health information
  • health knowledge attitudes
  • online health information


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