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Int J Public Health. 2007;52(5):313-6.

Sources and level of information about health issues and preventive services among young-old persons in Switzerland.

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Health Services Research, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (IUMSP), Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois and University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland. Laurence.Seematter-Bagnoud@chuv.ch

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

to describe the sources of health information in young-old persons, and how they feel informed about preventive services.

METHODS:

1567 randomly selected persons aged 65-69 years were asked where they did get information about health, and whether they felt sufficiently informed about recommended preventive services.

RESULTS:

Most participants (over 90%) cited their physician as a source of health information, while only 4% cited the Internet. Level of information was low for several preventive services, including colon cancer screening (55% felt sufficiently informed) and immunization against pneumonia (27% sufficiently informed).

CONCLUSIONS:

Promotion of preventive services in older populations should take into account the preponderant role of physicians as a source of information and advice.

PMID:
18030947
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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