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Health Information Preferences of Parents in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Clin Pediatr (Phila) 2018 05;57(5):519-527

Date

09/14/2017

Pubmed ID

28901159

DOI

10.1177/0009922817730346

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-85043475659   2 Citations

Abstract

Parents of children seeking nonurgent care in the emergency department completed surveys concerning media use and preferences for health education material. Results were compiled using descriptive statistics, compared by health literacy level with logistic regression, adjusting for race/ethnicity and income. Semistructured qualitative interviews to elicit reasons for preferences, content preference, and impact of health information were conducted and analyzed using content analysis. Surveys (n = 71) showed that despite equal access to online health information, parents with low health literacy were more likely to use the internet less frequently than daily ( P < .01). Surveys and interviews (n = 30) revealed that health information will be most effective when distributed by a health care professional and must be made available in multiple modalities. Parents requested general information about childhood illness, including diagnosis, treatment, and signs and symptoms. Many parents believed that appropriate health information would change their decision-making regarding seeking care during their child's next illness.

Author List

Drent AM, Brousseau DC, Morrison AK

Authors

David Brousseau MD Chief, Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Andrea Morrison MD Associate Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adult
Attitude to Health
Child
Consumer Behavior
Emergency Service, Hospital
Female
Health Literacy
Humans
Internet
Male
Parent-Child Relations
Parents
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Patient Education as Topic