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1. How is health information seeking behavior related to health decision making and health behaviors? Specifically, how is this different in the e-health era?
2. How has health information source selection behavior changed in the e-health era? What are the implications of these on the type of literacies consumers need to develop to cope with these changes? (e.g., health literacy, health information literacy, information and communication technology literacy)?
3. How can health information sources and services be improved to address the information needs of: active and passive information seekers; literate and low-literate populations; etc?
In 2003, the National Cancer Institute, launched a national survey designed to gather data about the health information seeking behaviors of adults 18 years and older. The survey gathers representative data about how the American public seeks and uses health information, particularly cancer information. According to NCI (2005) the survey:
- Provides updates on changing patterns, needs, and information opportunities in health
- Identifies changing communications trends and practices
- Assesses cancer information access and usage
- Provides information about how cancer risks are perceived
- Offers a testbed to researchers to test new theories in health communication
The first data collection was conducted in 2002-2003 via telephone through random digit dialing. About 6,639 Americans participated in the survey. Most of the respondents were white (75.9%); 40 years of age or older (63%) and female (60.4%). Most of the current research done using the HINTS dataset has been conducted by researchers in the fields of health communication, public health, nursing, and medicine.
This symposium features the preliminary results of investigations using the dataset by library and information science scholars. Our hope is to examine various issues surrounding health information seeking behaviors in the e-health era (using this rich dataset) from the perspective of library and information science.
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