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Internet use among community college students: implications in designing healthcare interventions.

TitleInternet use among community college students: implications in designing healthcare interventions.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsHanauer, DA, Dibble, E, Fortin, J, Col, NF
JournalJ Am Coll Health
Date Published2004 Mar-Apr
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Boston, Chi-Square Distribution, Female, Humans, Internet, Male, Middle Aged, Students

The Internet has become a commonly used venue for seeking healthcare information. Young adults search the Internet for health information more than any other group, yet little is known about use patterns among community college students. The authors surveyed a diverse community college to assess students' use of the Internet for health-related information. More than 80% had home Internet access, regardless of race or gender. Men and women searched for health information in almost equal numbers. Most students were interested in searching for diet/nutrition topics, and least interested in smoking information. Although the digital divide appears to be closing, varying levels of interest in a variety of important health topics remain. Understanding these differences could guide the design of more effective Web-based health interventions.

Alternate JournalJ Am Coll Health
PubMed ID15029941
David Hanauer
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