The association between online health information-seeking behaviors and health behaviors among hispanics in New York city: A community-based cross-sectional study

Young Ji Lee, Bernadette Boden-Albala, Haomiao Jia, Adam Wilcox, Suzanne Bakken

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Background: Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority group in the United States and they suffer from a disproportionate burden of chronic diseases. Studies have shown that online health information has the potential to affect health behaviors and influence management of chronic disease for a significant proportion of the population, but little research has focused on Hispanics. Objective: The specific aim of this descriptive, cross-sectional study was to examine the association between online health information-seeking behaviors and health behaviors (physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, alcohol use, and hypertension medication adherence) among Hispanics. Methods: Data were collected from a convenience sample (N=2680) of Hispanics living in northern Manhattan by bilingual community health workers in a face-to-face interview and analyzed using linear and ordinal logistic regression. Variable selection and statistical analyses were guided by the Integrative Model of eHealth Use. Results: Only 7.38% (198/2680) of the sample reported online health information-seeking behaviors. Levels of moderate physical activity and fruit, vegetable, and alcohol consumption were low. Among individuals taking hypertension medication (n=825), adherence was reported as high by approximately one-third (30.9%, 255/825) of the sample. Controlling for demographic, situational, and literacy variables, online health information-seeking behaviors were significantly associated with fruit (β=0.35, 95% CI 0.08-0.62, P=.01) and vegetable (β=0.36, 95% CI 0.06-0.65, P=.02) consumption and physical activity (β=3.73, 95% CI 1.99-5.46, P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere261
JournalJournal of Medical Internet Research
Volume17
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

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Information Seeking Behavior
Health Behavior
Hispanic Americans
Cross-Sectional Studies
Vegetables
Fruit
Health
Exercise
Alcohol Drinking
Chronic Disease
Hypertension
Minority Groups
Medication Adherence
Telemedicine
Logistic Models
Demography
Interviews
Research
Population

Keywords

  • Consumer health information
  • Health behavior
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Information-seeking behavior
  • Internet

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  • Health Informatics

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The association between online health information-seeking behaviors and health behaviors among hispanics in New York city : A community-based cross-sectional study. / Lee, Young Ji; Boden-Albala, Bernadette; Jia, Haomiao; Wilcox, Adam; Bakken, Suzanne.

In: Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol. 17, No. 11, e261, 01.11.2015.

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