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ERIC Number: EJ953746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Exploring Older Adults' Health Information Seeking Behaviors
Manafo, Elizabeth; Wong, Sharon
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v44 n1 p85-89 Jan-Feb 2012
Objective: To explore older adults' (55-70 years) health information-seeking behaviors. Methods: Using a qualitative methodology, based on grounded theory, data were collected using in-depth interviews. Participants were community-living, older adults in Toronto, Canada who independently seek nutrition and health information. Interview transcripts were analyzed using a qualitative thematic coding framework. Results: Twenty participants were interviewed, at which point theoretical saturation of data was achieved. Three themes describing older adults' health information-seeking behaviors emerged. This article will focus on one theme: the enabling and disabling experience of seeking nutrition and health information to support an understanding of successful aging in this population. Conclusions and Implications: These findings are framed within the context of supporting older adults' information-seeking behaviors to contribute to their health and well-being. This is a relevant issue to public health professionals given the global emphasis on successful aging strategies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada