196953 EHealth study Trends of source of health information among middle- and older-age adults in Taiwan

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Su-I. Hou, DrPH, CPH, RN , Health Promotion and Behavior, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Peng-Hsi Hou , Fortune Information Systems Corp. (FIS), Taichung, Taiwan
Ho-Shong Hou, PhD , Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan (R.O.C.), Taipei, Taiwan
Peng-Hui Beau Hou, MS , Fotosoft Institute of Photography, Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose: This pilot study aims to examine trends of health information sources and online health information utilization among Chinese middle- and older-age worksite employees. Methods: Two pilot surveys, conducted in summer 2002 and 2008 respectively in Taiwan, both with measures on common sources of health information among middle- and older-age adults (age 40 and older), were used to describe trends of health information sources. Specifically, participants were asked about how they usually obtained health information. Results: A total of 450 worksite employees participated in the 2002 survey, and 208 participated in the 2008 survey. Both samples had similar gender distribution and self-rated health status, although the 2008 sample revealed higher proportion of college or higher education levels (76% vs. 46%). Results showed similar distributions between the two surveys on several common sources of health information, with newspaper or magazine rated as the top source for both surveys (79% versus 71%), followed by TV or radio (62% versus 68%), healthcare providers (51% versus 50%), and friends (31% versus 34%). However, data showed significant increasing trend on the source of health information from the Internet, from less than 6% in 2002 to 68% in 2008. Conclusion: This is the first study conducting such direct comparison among older working adults in Taiwan. Results have implication on the important role online health information can play among Chinese older adult worksite employees.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe and compare the common sources of health information among older Chinese workplace employees. 2. Discuss the implication of study findings on utilizing eHealth communication or online health information as possible strategies to promote health among Chinese older adults.

Keywords: Communication Technology, Aging

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I'm the PI of this study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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