Older people : How do they find out about their health? A pilot study
Information about health is gained from various sources but little is known about the health information-seeking behaviours of older people and what factors affect this. This pilot study aimed to explore older people's experiences and views on their health information-seeking behaviours and to gain a better understanding of these. A qualitative study with nine older people was undertaken, using diaries and semi-structured interviews to gather data. Three key themes emerged relating to why they sought information, what shaped this and where health information was accessed. This study is generating new knowledge of older people's experiences and views on their health information-seeking behaviour. By understanding these, community nurses will be better placed to promote strategies that improve older people's access to appropriate health information and support its effective use.