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

Womens Health Issues. Nov-Dec 2005;15(6):240-8. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2005.05.004.

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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Baltimore / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Health Education / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Resources / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Information Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Middle Aged
  • Office Visits / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Women's Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Women's Health*