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ERIC Number: EJ1153623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Health Information Seeking Behaviors and Preferences among Latino Immigrants: The Role of Acculturation and Functional Health Literacy
Rojas-Guyler, Liliana; Britigan, Denise H.; King, Keith A.; Zulig, Judy; Vaughn, Lisa M.
Health Educator, v48 n1 p10-18 Spr 2016
Purpose: To determine sources of health information of Latinos and assess associations with acculturation level, functional health literacy and demographics. Methods: Focus groups (n = 40) and Semi-structured survey interviews were conducted with adults (n = 212). Results: Over 60% of respondents had lived in the country for less than 10 years, were women with less than a high school degree, and under the age of 40 years old. Motivation for seeking health information was reported to be primarily due to illness (n = 146, 71.9%) and mostly for themselves (n = 191, 90%). The majority of participants chose to take the survey in Spanish and preferred Spanish for health information. Younger participants, recent immigrants, women, participants with lower education levels and lower acculturation to American culture were more likely to use other People and Self-Help strategies as sources of information. Although most found information trustworthy and easy to obtain, 10% did not find their top source of information trustworthy, 20% reported difficulty accessing the information and 25% found the information insufficient. Barriers identified such as language and trust are explored and discussed. Lastly, participants with marginal and inadequate Functional Health Literacy (FHL) and low Acculturation/English proficiency were less likely to use Media sources and more likely to rely on friends, family and traditional medicine or healers. Conclusion: Specific implications for professional practice are presented; specifically, consideration for language preferences; formatting and material for audiences; readability and comprehension levels; cultural relevance and appropriateness; and physical location availability; and measures of literacy, FHL and acculturation.
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Language: English
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