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

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Abstract

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
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018

Keywords

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

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