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J Health Info Stat 2010;35(2):177-194.
건강행위단계와 인터넷 건강정보 이용
김구수 , 김영랑 , 류시원
Health Behavior Stage and Usage of Internet Health Information
Goo Soo Kim , Young Rhang Kim , See Won Ryu
This study investigated the relationship between individual stage of health behavior and Internet health information usage.
Measure items were derived from the previous research including 7 demographic and social factors. Data were collected from employees working in a public and nation-wide organization, and users of two website about health and disease information. The 281 cases were analyzed by using SPSS 14.0.
The results are as follows: When respondents feel some symptoms or inconvenience, they search Internet health information for self-care(36.3%) and confirming disease(36.3%). Users in preventive health behavior stage are searching Internet health information are 18.5%. Monthly income was revealed as significantly related with Internet health information search and usage. Internet health information users who have income less than 1 million won per month were more to ``maintain health``, and users with 1-3 million won monthly income were more to ``identify disease``, and users with more than 300 million won per month were to `self-care. Users being in preventive health behavior stage are significantly higher than those of the other stages. Healthy users of Internet health/disease information are active users of Internet information to preparing healthy life.
Internet health/disease informations may be retrieved and used to maintain health, identify disease, and self-care. Specifically, we should have attention to the healthy people to be more active and to prevent disease, and make and provide health information to the needs of these people through Internet.
Key words: Health behavior category, Internet health information, Usage of health information
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