Online health information-seeking behavior (HISB) about COVID-19 among students of Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam

Thao Linh Le Thi, Cong Son Dang, Huong Thao Nguyen Thi, Dieu Linh Pham Thi, Linh Thao Tran, Thanh Hai Phan, Xuan Hung Le

Abstract


Objective: To describe the online COVID-19 information seeking of Hanoi Medical University students and associated factors.

Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study with 308 participants. Chi-square test and Poisson regression were applied. 

Results: The majority (94.16%) of participants utilized the internet to seek COVID-19 information. Descriptions of this disease (91.72%) were the most desired information for knowledge or curiosity (75.52%). Government sources were most commonly used (75.17%) because of trustworthiness (53.45%). Few of the subjects (16.9%) discussed COVID-19 information with doctors, but doctors were principally interested in that information (79.59%). The total eHEALS score of participants is relatively high (30.29 ± 4.52). There were significant differences between genders in asking doctors about online COVID-19 information (face-to-face communication). Poisson regression analysis shows that a higher eHEALS score was associated with the level of interest of doctors.

Conclusion: These findings contribute to our understanding of seeking online information on COVID-19 of Hanoi Medical University students.

Keywords


health information-seeking behavior (HISB), online information, internet, eHEALS, COVID-19

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