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

Int J Public Health. 2007;52(5):313-6. doi: 10.1007/s00038-007-6086-x.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Consumer Health Information / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Services for the Aged / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Mass Media / statistics & numerical data
  • Mass Screening / statistics & numerical data
  • Patient Education as Topic / statistics & numerical data
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Preventive Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Switzerland
  • Utilization Review / statistics & numerical data