A Pilot Study Of The Relationship Between Health Anxiety And Internet Health Information Searching
Health information on the internet is available for persons to increase their health knowledge and take more responsibility for their health. This investigation was designed to examine how persons varying in severity of health anxiety would search health information on the internet. A cross-sectional research design was employed to articulate the relationship between health anxiety and internet health information searching. The participants are 275 males and 234 females aged 15-67 years old persons living in New Taipei City. The results showed that health anxiety is a good predictor for health information searching and health information searching is motivated by health knowledge insufficiency. And there is difference between frequency and websites’ number of online health information searching. In conclusion, online health information searching is a purposive behavior, and can be affected by health anxiety.
Keywords- Health anxiety, Internet health information searching.