Study of education disparities and health information seeking behavior

Cyberpsychol Behav. 2007 Feb;10(1):149-51. doi: 10.1089/cpb.2006.9977.


This exploratory technology assessment examines how educational characteristics of health information seekers are associated with access to computers, the Internet, and online health information. Specifically, we examine (1) if there exists significant variation across identified health technology user groups regarding access to online health information, and (2) if differences between education levels have narrowed, remained constant, or widened over recent years, following national educational initiatives to narrow the technology gap for low-education user groups. Using a stratified sample from national tracking survey data, we find that recent policy initiatives under national technology access and other programs have demonstrated little effect in narrowing the digital divide for low-education users of web-based technologies.

MeSH terms

  • Educational Status
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination*
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires