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Health information seeking in the information society

Mukherjee, A. & Bawden, D. (2012). Health information seeking in the information society. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 29(3), pp. 242-246. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2012.00997.x


This article discusses an empirical research study exploring Health Information Seeking Behaviours (HISB) of the general public, conducted by Abir Mukherjee for his MSc
dissertation in the Library and Information Sciences programme at City University London.

The project was carried out in summer 2011 with the general aim of addressing three core research questions to better understand the information seeking and access process this

1: What are the reasons that people seek health information?

2: What are the means or resources that people use to find health information?

3: What are the strategies and difficulties for the information seeker?

Other concepts examined include the correlation with variables such as age and gender and public perceptions of the terminology used; the internet and impact of social media; proportions of popular reasons behind health searches; the top-ranking search tools employed; and the influence of the information society.

Further information, and copies of the full dissertation, may be obtained from Abir Mukherjee or David Bawden.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Science & Technology, Technology, Information Science & Library Science, INFORMATION SCIENCE & LIBRARY SCIENCE, health information needs, health literacy, information retrieval, information sources, information-seeking behaviour, BEHAVIOR
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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