In the new article “Online health information seeking, medical care beliefs and timeliness of medical check-ups among African Americans” in the journal Patient Education and Counseling, the Health Information and Technology Studies (HITS) group found links between technology use and positive health behaviors among African Americans.
- Internet use on medical sites linked to timely medical check-ups in Black Americans.
- Health TV use is not linked to preventative belief or behavior.
- Consumer-driven health website use is linked to preventative beliefs.
- No effects found for using mainstream websites or news websites for health.
Full citation: “Online Health Information Seeking, Medical Care Beliefs and Timeliness of Medical Check-Ups among African Americans,” Ornella Hills and Dhavan Shah, Patient Education and Counseling, 103: 2468-2476, December 2020. DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.06.006.
Access the article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0738399120303244