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Womens Health Issues. 2005 Nov-Dec;15(6):240-8.

The association between women's health information use and health care visits.

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  • 1Women's and Children's Health Policy Center, Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. wnichol@jhmi.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the effect of the type of information sources used on health services use.

METHODS:

Population-based random-digit dialing survey of 498 women, between December 1999 and January 2000, on use of health information sources and health visits.

RESULTS:

After adjustment for sociodemographic and medical factors, use of print health media and computer-based resources was associated with 1.9 and 1.6 more visits, respectively compared to non-use (Regression coefficients 1.9; [95% confidence interval {CI} 0.1, 3.7] and 1.6; [95% CI 0.3, 3.0]).

CONCLUSIONS:

Print health media and computer-based sources are associated with a higher number of health care visits.

PMID:
16325137
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