Access and use of the internet for health information seeking: A survey of local public health professionals in the northwest

Anne M. Turner, Deanna Petrochilos, David E. Nelson, Eileen Allen, Elizabeth D. Liddy

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Abstract

We conducted an on-line survey of 164 local health department's staff in five Northwestern states in 2006-2007 to assess Internet access and use by staff. Most (96%) respondents had full-time access to their own worksite computer. The most important selection criterion for selecting Web sites was credibility of the sponsoring organization (55%). Accuracy (46%), reputable source (30%), and currency of information (19%) were considered most critical for assessing information quality. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (80%) and state health department (60%) sites were used most commonly. These findings can be used to improve public health Web sites and support decision making in practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-69
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

Keywords

  • Departments
  • Internet
  • Local health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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