A path analysis of Internet health information seeking behaviors among older adults.


Journal Article

The Internet has emerged as an innovative tool that older adults can use to obtain health-related information. However, the relationships among predictors of Internet health information seeking behaviors (IHISB) in this population are not well understood. To fill this gap, this study examined the direct and indirect pathways of potential predictors of IHISB among older South Korean adults, using the modified Technology Acceptance Model 3. Participants were 300 older South Korean adults who had used the Internet to obtain health information within the past month. Data were collected via a self-report questionnaire and were analyzed through structural equation modeling. Two variables-prior experience and behavioral intention to use-had positive direct effects on IHISB. These findings imply that health care providers promoting IHISB among older adults should consider these individuals' prior experience with the Internet and their willingness to use the Internet as a source of health information.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chang, SJ; Im, E-O

Published Date

  • March 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 137 - 141

PubMed ID

  • 24332965

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24332965

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1528-3984

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0197-4572

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2013.11.005


  • eng