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Title: A meta-analysis of factors predicting health information seeking : an integration of six theoretical frameworks
Authors: Ou, Mengxue
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Ou, M. (2020). A meta-analysis of factors predicting health information seeking : an integration of six theoretical frameworks. Master's thesis, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Abstract: Prior studies have investigated the antecedents of Health Information Seeking (HIS) using different theoretical frameworks, whereas the inconsistencies in the reported findings warrant a more comprehensive synthesis of these studies. This meta-analysis identified twelve major antecedents of HIS from six widely used information seeking models examining HIS, developed an organizing framework that segmented current antecedents into cognitive, affective, sociocultural, and information carrier categories, and compared their associations with HIS by meta-analyzing 88 empirical studies (N = 62,957). Results showed that seeking-related subjective norms and information utility yielded the strongest associations with HIS, whereas cognitive and affective factors demonstrated weaker associations with HIS. Illness types, information-seeking channels, and sampling methods significantly moderated the associations between some predictors and HIS. Implications and directions for future research were discussed.
DOI: 10.32657/10356/152007
Rights: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).
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