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Examining the correlates of online health information-seeking behavior among men compared with women

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posted on 08.08.2018, 00:00 by IA Nikoloudakis, Corneel Vandelanotte, Amanda Rebar, Stephanie Schoeppe, Stephanie Alley, Mitchell Duncan, CE Short
This study aimed to identify and compare the demographic, health behavior, health status, and social media use correlates of online health-seeking behaviors among men and women. Cross-sectional self-report data were collected from 1,289 Australian adults participating in the Queensland Social Survey. Logistic regression analyses were used to identify the correlates of online health information seeking for men and women. Differences in the strength of the relation of these correlates were tested using equality of regression coefficient tests. For both genders, the two strongest correlates were social media use (men: odds ratio [OR] = 2.57, 95% confidence interval [CI: 1.78, 3.71]; women: OR = 2.93, 95% CI [1.92, 4.45]) and having a university education (men: OR = 3.63, 95% CI [2.37, 5.56]; women: OR = 2.74, 95% CI [1.66, 4.51]). Not being a smoker and being of younger age were also associated with online health information seeking for both men and women. Reporting poor health and the presence of two chronic diseases were positively associated with online health seeking for women only. Correlates of help seeking online among men and women were generally similar, with exception of health status. Results suggest that similar groups of men and women are likely to access health information online for primary prevention purposes, and additionally that women experiencing poor health are more likely to seek health information online than women who are relatively well. These findings are useful for analyzing the potential reach of online health initiatives targeting both men and women.

Funding

Other

History

Volume

12

Issue

5

Start Page

1358

End Page

1367

Number of Pages

10

eISSN

1557-9891

ISSN

1557-9883

Location

United States

Publisher

SAGE Publications, USA

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, The University of Newcastle, University of Adelaide

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

American Journal of Men's Health