Title: Health information-seeking styles and health information literacy in relation to anticipated health-promoting behaviour - results from an online diabetes risk test survey

Authors: Kristina Eriksson-Backa; Hai Nguyen

Addresses: Åbo Akademi University, Fänriksgatan 3B, FI-20500 Åbo, Finland ' Åbo Akademi University, Fänriksgatan 3B, FI-20500 Åbo, Finland

Abstract: The paper presents results from a survey of users of an online diabetes risk test. We studied relationships between information-seeking styles and everyday health information literacy, as well as anticipated behaviours in case of risk for type 2 diabetes for 184 respondents who had taken the risk test prior to responding to the survey. We assessed active, moderate and passive health information-seeking styles, as well as low, basic and high everyday health information literacy and tested them against health-promoting information-related activities and health behaviour. Significant relationships occurred between information-seeking styles and four activities: 'check further information', 'make an appointment', 'increase the amount of physical activities' and 'do nothing'. Education level was significantly related to two health-promoting behaviours, whereas level of everyday health information literacy was related to only one. Despite limitations, the results of this exploratory study open up for further research about the role of information-seeking styles and health-promoting behaviour.

Keywords: diabetes risk test; e-health services; Finland; health information literacy; health-promoting behaviour; information-seeking styles; online self-assessments.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTMCP.2020.10026525

International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices, 2020 Vol.3 No.3, pp.192 - 208

Received: 07 Mar 2019
Accepted: 24 Aug 2019

Published online: 05 Feb 2020 *

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