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Title: Use of the internet as a source of health information by Spanish adolescents
Authors: Jiménez Pernett, Jaime
Olry de Labry Lima, Antonio
Bermúdez Tamayo, Clara
García Gutiérrez, José Francisco
Salcedo Sánchez, María del Carmen
metadata.dc.contributor.authoraffiliation: [Jiménez Pernett, J; Olry de Labry Lima, A; Bermúdez Tamayo, C; García Gutiérrez, JF] Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública, Granada, España. [Jiménez Pernett, J; Olry de Labry Lima, A; Bermúdez Tamayo, C; García Gutiérrez JF; Salcedo Sánchez, MC] CIBER en Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Barcelona, Spain. [Salcedo Sánchez, MC] Hospital Alto Guadalquivir, Andujar, España
Keywords: Adolescente;Información sanitaria;España
metadata.dc.subject.mesh: Medical Subject Headings::Health Care::Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services::Health Services::Preventive Health Services::Health Education::Consumer Health Information
Medical Subject Headings::Information Science::Information Science::Computing Methodologies::Computer Systems::Computer Communication Networks::Internet
Medical Subject Headings::Geographicals::Geographic Locations::Europe::Spain
Medical Subject Headings::Named Groups::Persons::Age Groups::Adolescent
Issue Date: 29-Jan-2010
Publisher: Biomed Central
Citation: Jiménez-Pernett J, de Labry-Lima AO, Bermúdez-Tamayo C, García-Gutiérrez JF, Salcedo-Sánchez MC. Use of the internet as a source of health information by Spanish adolescents. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2010 Jan 29; 10:6
Abstract: The Internet is a fundamental part of the daily life of adolescents, they consider it as a safe and confidential source of information on health matters. The aims is to describe the experience of Spanish adolescents searching for health information on the Internet. Methods A cross-sectional study of 811 school-age adolescents in Granada was carried out. An adapted and piloted questionnaire was used which was controlled by trained personnel. Sociodemographic and health variables were included together with those concerning the conditions governing access to and use of information and communication technologies (ICT). Results 811 adolescents were surveyed (99.38% response rate), mean age was 17 years old. Of these, 88% used the Internet; 57.5% used it on a daily or weekly basis and 38.7% used it occasionally. Nearly half the sample group (55.7%) stated that they used the Internet to search for health-related information. The main problems reported in the search for e-health were the ignorance of good web pages (54.8%) and the lack of confidence or search skills (23.2%). Conclusions In conclusion, it seems plausible to claim that websites designed and managed by health services should have a predominant position among interventions specifically addressed to young people.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1186/1472-6947-10-6
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01- Artículos - EASP. Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública

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