Exploring the use of technology pathways to access health information by Australian university students: A multi-dimensional approach

Wayne Usher*, Ori Gudes, Sanjoti Parekh

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Abstract

Objective: Mobile wireless communication technologies (MWCT) and social media (SM) networks create pathways for accessing widely available information that are favoured particularly by younger generations. The purpose of this study was to explore the way university students use these communication technologies to access health information. Method: Participants (n = 696), who were recruited via an email invitation, completed an online self-reported survey that collected multidimensional data consisting of quantitative, qualitative and spatial statistics. Results: The results indicate that technology was used extensively to search for health information and resulted in positive changes in participants' behaviours; however they perceived lack of reliability of the information as a pressing issue. Conclusion: The results suggest that appealing, persuasive and reliable MWCT and SM can be used extensively to promote health amongst Australian youth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-15
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Information Management Journal
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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