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Title: Medical and health information seeking among Singapore youths: An exploratory study
Authors: Intan Azura Mokhtar
Keywords: Youths
Health information
Medical information
Information seeking behaviour
Quantitative analysis
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Intan Azura Mokhtar. (2009). Medical and health information seeking among Singapore youths: An exploratory study. Singapore Journal of Library & Information Management, 38, 49-76.
Abstract: This study aimed to find out what were the attitudes of young people (aged 18 to 24) in Singapore towards medical or health information seeking. This study also compared the responses between male and female youths. The findings of this study seemed to suggest that youths might not actually be novices in the autonomous search of health information and instead, might be increasingly competent in this area. This could be one of the reasons why many see no need to consult doctors for minor ailments. In addition, it was observed that male youths were less likely to consult doctors for both minor and prolonged illnesses compared to female youths, and that male youths were more likely to watch what they eat and less likely to read health magazines compared to female youths. Also, it was found that youths generally preferred to turn to their parents for medical or health information. One implication was that doctors and health practitioners should acknowledge this information-gathering behaviour and provide their own easily accessible, reliable and accredited information for their patients to forge better doctor-patient relationships. In addition, perhaps doctors could also work more closely with parents so that they would both be better able to manage their relationship with medical or health information seeking youths.
ISSN: 0085-6118
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