Department of Geography
This is an exploratory study that described the prevalence and patterns of internet health information seeking in Hong Kong. A convenient sample of 443 individuals completed the questionnaires. Only 44% (N = 195) of the respondents were identified as health surfers. Health surfers tended to be younger females (age group 20–29) and have higher education. Digital divide was evident by age and education. Professional health sites (78.0%) were the majority sites visited. Health topics searched ranged from women’s/men’s health to chronic diseases such as heart diseases, cancer and diabetes. Over 60% considered online health information useful, however, about 44% were uncertain about the reliability of this information. The major criteria for health websites were information from professionals and ease of understanding. The results underline the need for bridging the digital divide and the potential for pro-active use of the internet for health promotion.
Health information seeking, Hong Kong, Internet, Prevalence
Source Publication Title
Journal of Medical Systems
Link to Publisher's Edition
Yan, Y. (2010). Online health information seeking behavior in Hong Kong: An exploratory study. Journal of Medical Systems, 34 (2). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10916-008-9226-9