Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
|Other Titles:||Health Information Seeking Experiences of Adults in Urban and Remote Communities: Results of Focus Group Discussions|
Department of Health Promotion and Health Education National Taiwan Normal University
The purpose of the study was to understand the health information seeking experiences of adults living in urban and remote communities, and to explore possible affecting factors on health information seeking. This study also focused on the differences between remote and urban area. Purposive sampling was used. Six communities were selected from remote areas, while six from urban areas. A focus group interview was conducted in each community. A total of 95 residents participated in the 12 focus group interviews, 44 were from the remote areas, while 51 from the urban areas. Personal and social context induce health information needs. The mediating factors include environmental accessibility of information, interpersonal-social support, and personal ability of obtaining information. The differences in health information communication between remote and urban areas were presented by environmental information accessibility, communication channels and types, personal information ability, and active/passive seeking type. The results suggested that health education needs to apply different communication strategies according to local conditions. In urban areas health educators could use diversified channels; while in remote areas could make the best use of interpersonal communication. For the poor informed people, their specified needs and social support should be considered. Improve environmentalresources in disadvantaged areas and enhancing public's ability to obtain information were also important issues.
|Appears in Collections:||健康促進與衛生教育學報|
Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.