Factors influencing health information-seeking behavior of Jordanian patients with cancer
Akhu-Zaheya, Laila Mahmoud
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The objective of this pilot study was to evaluate Internet use among Jordanian patients and caregivers. The study included a convenience sample of patients with different health problems and diseases and caregivers. A survey modified from a study by Dickerson et al. (2004) was utilized. Seventy-eight patients and caregivers participated (n = 37 patients; n = 41 caregivers) and 56.4% of respondents were Internet users. Among Internet users, the Internet accounted for only 4.6 % of their sources of health information, while physicians accounted for 11.3% and 17.6% among users and non-users respectively. Twenty five of the participants (32.0%) reported high dependence on the media to obtain health information. Among all participants, a surprising percentage (37.2%) did not seek health information from any sources. The results of the survey provide insight into the need to study the information-seeking behavior in general before studying specific technology to seek health information. Key words : Internet use, Jordanian, Patients, Caregivers, Health-Information Seeking.