Why Older People Seek Health Information Online: A Qualitative Study

We evaluated the content of recorded data until saturation was reached, using MAXQDA 10 software

S. Pourrazavi; M. Hashemiparast; S. Bazargan-Hejazi; S. Ullah; H. Allahverdipour


Scholarcy highlights

  • Older adults are regarded as the most vulnerable population due to their complicated healthcare challenges and low cognitive ability to perform complex self-care tasks
  • Our participants stated they worried about losing independence as a result of aging. They seek online health information to stay tune to healthy tips in order to avoid depending on others, by adopting a healthy lifestyle
  • Our findings provide valuable information for health care providers to facilitate older adults’ access to trusting and valid online health information
  • It further suggests that fact-checking skills of older adults in identifying and accessing credible health information sources should be addressed by future health literacy interventions
  • Such skill could help the users of online health information to refute myths and misinformation, especially, in the context of critical public health crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic
  • Given the older adults’ desire and motivation to seek online health information especially in the COVID-19 era, it is important that health care providers address information seeking behavior of their patients

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