Conflicting online health information and rational decision making: Implication for cancer survivors

Heesoo Yoon, Minsung Sohn, Mankyu Choi, Minsoo Jung

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Abstract

Although people in the social media age can access health information easier, they have difficulty judging conflicting rational information or summarizing the large amounts of health information available. Conflicting health information occurs when contrary assertions or information about a certain health issue comes from different information sources. This study examined the background knowledge and the current phenomenon of why conflicting health information occurs in real-world conditions. We also reviewed causes and solutions by reviewing the literature. In particular, we recommend amethod that solves problems that patients have including cancer survivors who cannot themselves be active in seeking health information. Thus, we categorized the specific types of conflicting health information and analyzed the sociodemographic factors and information carrier factors that have an impact on the health information-seeking behavior of individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-191
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Care Manager
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Cancer survivor
  • Health communication
  • Health information
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Care Planning

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