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Patient cancer information seeking preferences by age and source: A comparison of the 2003, 2005, and 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey

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Title: Patient cancer information seeking preferences by age and source: A comparison of the 2003, 2005, and 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey
Creators: Morschhauser, Lisa
Advisor: Kowalczyk, Nina
Issue Date: 2010-06
Abstract: Title: Patient Cancer Information Seeking Preferences by Age and Source: A Comparison of the 2003, 2005, and 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey Purpose/Procedure: Patient education enhances the patient's ability to actively participate in the healthcare decisions leading to an improved level of understanding. Modern technology provides society with access to a seemingly unlimited number of informative resources. Most Americans are bombarded with information from all angles; through newspapers, magazines, television, advertising, and especially the Internet. Therefore when an illness arises, a wide variety of information sources are readily available to most individuals. The rapid advancement of technology over the past decade has potentially created a generation gap in accessing information from the Internet. Older individuals may not have the same resources or skills as those in the younger generation in reference to obtaining electronic medical information. The purpose of this retrospective, secondary data analysis of information obtained from the 2003, 2005 and 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is to compare the frequencies of patient cancer information seeking preferences by age ranges and source to evaluate the self-reported trust level of the participants in reference to the medical information provided. Results: 66% of participants claim to have never searched for cancer information in 2007, but 77% did search for some type of healthcare information. In 2003 the most common primary sources of cancer information were the Internet, books, and a healthcare provider. By 2007 the 4 library was cited as the most utilized source and a healthcare provider was one of the least cited sources. Overall the participants aged 18 - 49 years were more likely to first search for medical information at the library, while participants aged 50 and above cited the Internet as a primary resource. As participants grew older, they were also more likely to seek cancer information from a healthcare provider, magazines, and the radio. Participants who did seek cancer information appear evenly divided regarding concerns about the quality of the information sought. The most trusted source of cancer information was reported to be a doctor and the least trusted source was the radio. Conclusions: • Since 2003, patients have shifted to searching first in a Library or Book before the Internet. • Healthcare providers and Magazines dropped from being one of the first searched places to one of the last. • This study showed a trend of older age groups preferences to use the Internet as a primary source of information. • The Library was used as a primary source for those 18-34 and 35-49 • As participants grew older, they were more likely to approach a healthcare provider. • Participants showed the most trust in Physicians as a source. • The least reliable source from the survey results was the Radio. • The Internet evolved and changed in trust levels over the course of the 3 surveys.
Embargo: No embargo
Series/Report no.: The Ohio State University. School of Allied Medical Professions Honors Theses; 2010
Keywords: patient behavior
internet search
patient trends
information trust
physician trust
patient age
medical sources
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/45460
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