Enwald, H., Kangas, M., Keränen, N., Immonen, M., Similä, H., Jämsä, T. & Korpelainen, R. (2017). Health information behaviour, attitudes towards health information and motivating factors for encouraging physical activity among older people: differences by sex and age In Proceedings of ISIC, the Information Behaviour Conference, Zadar, Croatia, 20-23 September, 2016: Part 2. Information Research, 22(1), paper isic1623
Health information behaviour, attitudes towards health information and motivating factors for encouraging physical activity among older people : differences by sex and age
|Author:||Enwald, Heidi1,2; Kangas, Maarit3; Keränen, Niina S.3;|
1Information Studies at the University of Oulu. Information Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, P.O.BOX 1000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
2Åbo Akademi University, Turku
3Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, P.O.BOX 5000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
4VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Oulu, Finland
5Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, P.O.Box 5000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
6Health Exercise in the Center for Life Course Health Research, University of Oulu, Finland
7Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Oulu Deaconess Institute, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2019082926099
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|Publish Date:|| 2019-08-29
Introduction: Difficulties in understanding health information and negative attitudes may form a barrier for effective information use by older people. This study seeks to increase the understanding of health information behaviour, as well as attitudes towards health information and motivating factors for encouraging physical activity in older people. The main focus is on information about physical activity and comparing sexes and different age groups.
Method: Population-based data were collected with a questionnaire survey in the GASEL study. A random sample of 1,500 adults 65 years or older was obtained from the Finnish Population Register Centre. The number of respondents was 918 with a response rate of 61.2%.
Analysis: The statistical significance of the differences between the sexes and age groups were compared using non-parametric tests.
Results: Women were more likely to have shared information with others related to physical activity. Men were more likely to consider that health related stories and articles were overly long and scientific and that ipsative and normative comparison motivates them. The older the respondents were the more likely they were to avoid information and to agree that health information is often too long and scientific and mostly aimed at young people. The younger the respondents were the more eagerly they preferred ipsative comparison and considered information given by different physical activity monitors as motivating. The oldest age group (80 years or older) especially had difficulties with understanding and accepting health information.
Conclusion: Older adults need health information in an easily understandable and accessible form. When possible, the information provided should be tailored for the recipient.
Information research. An international electronic journal
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
520 Other social sciences
518 Media and communications
616 Other humanities
3141 Health care science
This study was carried out as part of the GASEL project, funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (grant no. 40270/13), BelleGames Oy, BonWell Intelligence Oy, the Caritas Foundation, Iscom Oy, Mawell Oy, Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, Luleå University of Technology, and Oulu Deaconess Institute.
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