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Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2006 Nov 16;126(22):2950-2.

[Health-related use of the Internet in the Norwegian population].

[Article in Norwegian]

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  • 1Nasjonalt senter for telemedisin, Universitetssykehuset Nord-Norge, 9038 Tromsø. hege.andreassen@telemed.no

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The use of the Internet for health purposes increases in the Norwegian population, more in some demographic groups than in others. In this questionnaire-based study, we explore the use of the Internet for such purposes.

MATERIAL AND METHOD:

1007 Norwegians aged 15 years and older were interviewed by telephone in October 2005.

RESULTS:

58% of the respondents in 2005 had used the Internet for health purposes, compared to 31% in 2001. Having visited the GP last year, being female, being young, living in a urban area, and having a white-collar occupation were positively related to the use of the Internet for health purposes. 37% of the respondents considered the Internet to be an important or very important source of health information. 72% considered face-to-face communication with health care personnel to be important or very important. Nearly a quarter of the users (23%) reported that they had felt reassured by health information found on the net, whereas 10 % experienced increased anxiety from the same type of information.

CONCLUSIONS:

Norwegians' use of the Internet for health purposes continues to grow, but doctors and other health care personnel remain the most important sources of health information in the Norwegian population.

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17117194
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