Health information-seeking behaviour
Health information-seeking behaviour (HISB), also known as health information seeking or health information behaviour, refers to a series interaction that reduce uncertainty regarding health status, but also to construct a social and personal sense of health. HISB is a key strategy for many people to understand their health problems and to cope with illness. Recently, thanks to the development of the technologies and networks, people have a trend of seeking health information on the Internet. Particularly, when it comes to the following scenarios, people tend to carry out online HISB:
- Encountering health issues
- Received conflicting information
- The cause is relevant to known people (such as family members and friends)
- Out of curiosity
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