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Medical and health information seeking among Singapore youths: An exploratory study
Health information
Medical information
Information seeking behaviour
Quantitative analysis
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Intan Azura Mokhtar. (2009). Medical and health information seeking among Singapore youths: An exploratory study. Singapore Journal of Library & Information Management, 38, 49-76.
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
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