Users and non-users of web-based health advice service among Finnish university students chronic conditions and self-reported health status (a cross-sectional study)

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dc.contributor.author Castrén, Johanna -
dc.contributor.author Huttunen, Teppo -
dc.contributor.author Kunttu, Kristina -
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-17T20:13:57Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-16 04:46:11 -
dc.date.available 2012-06-17T20:13:57Z
dc.date.issued 2008 -
dc.identifier.issn 1472-6947 -
dc.identifier.uri http://tampub.uta.fi/handle/10024/65825
dc.description BioMed Central Open access -
dc.description.abstract Background The Internet is increasingly used by citizens as source of health information. Young, highly educated adults use the Internet frequently to search for health-related information. Our study explores whether reported chronic conditions or self-reported health status differed among Finnish university students using the Finnish Student Health Services web-based health advice service compared with those not using the service. Methods Cross-sectional study performed by a national postal survey in 2004. Material: A random sample (n = 5 030) of a population of 101 805 undergraduate Finnish university students aged 19–35. The response rate: 63% (n = 3 153). Main outcome measures: Proportion of university students reporting use a of web-based health advice service, diagnosed chronic conditions, and self-reported health status of users and non-users of a web-based health advice service. Statistical methods: Data were presented with frequency distributions and cross-tabulations and the χ2 test was used. Results 12% (n = 370) of Finnish undergraduate students had used the web-based health advice service and were identified as 'users'. The proportion of male students reporting allergic rhinitis or conjunctivitis was greater among users than non-users (24%, n = 22 vs. 15%, n = 154, χ2, P = .03). The proportion of female students reporting chronic mental health problems was greater among users than non-users (12%, n = 34 vs. 8%, n = 140, χ2, P = .03). There was no statistical significance between the group differences of male or female users and non-users in self-reported health status (good or fairly good, average, rather poor or poor). Conclusion Among young, highly educated adults the use of a web-based health advice service is not associated with self-reported health status. However, a web-based health advice service could offer support for managing several specific chronic conditions. More research data is needed to evaluate the role of web-based health advice services that supplement traditional forms of health services. -
dc.language.iso en -
dc.title Users and non-users of web-based health advice service among Finnish university students chronic conditions and self-reported health status (a cross-sectional study) -
dc.type fi=Artikkeli aikakauslehdessä | en=Journal article| -
dc.identifier.urn urn:nbn:uta-3-588 -
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/1472-6947-8-8 -
dc.type.version fi=Kustantajan versio | en=Publisher's version| -
dc.subject.okm fi=Hoitotiede | en=Nursing| -
dc.journal.title BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making -
dc.journal.volume 8 -
dc.journal.number 8 -
dc.journal.volumepagerange 1-8 -
dc.oldstats 62 -

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