Skip to main content

Table 2 Proportion of frequently or very frequently used items of the three information resources by health information seeking target

From: Parents’ health information seeking behaviour – does the child’s health status play a role?

  Health information seeking target (n, (%)) P-value Overall use (n)
General health and development Acute child’s illness
Digital media
 Social media 31 (5.37%) 22 (3.81%) 0.09 577
 Websites for parents 272 (50.28%) 236 (43.62%) 0.002 541
 Apps on mobile devices 40 (7.59%) 32 (6.07%) 0.21 527
 Search engines 342 (59.07%) 336 (58.03%) 0.59 579
 Websites of paediatricians or children’s hospitals 71 (20.94%) 69 (20.35%) 0.76 339
 Official websites of health services or health organizations 81 (13.99%) 72 (12.44%) 0.19 579
Print media
 Books 228 (30.94%) 148 (19.95%) < 0.001 737
 Journals 52 (7.19%) 24 (3.32%) < 0.001 723
 Newspapers 19 (2.64%) 8 (1.11%) 0.004 721
 Other print media 35 (6.85%) 16 (3.13%) < 0.001 511
Personal contacts
 Paediatrician 241 (32.61%) 419 (56.70%) < 0.001 739
 Other health professionals 139 (19.50%) 145 (20.34%) 0.57 713
 Telephone consultation of a children’s emergency service 30 (4.19%) 69 (9.64%) < 0.010 716
 Telephone consultation of a health insurance 23 (3.25%) 48 (6.78%) < 0.001 708
 Family members 442 (60.14%) 391 (53.20%) < 0.001 735
 Friends, acquaintances or neighbours 363 (50.07%) 269 (37.10%) < 0.001 725
  1. We report the proportion of respondents who indicated to use an item frequently or very frequently among participants who reported using the item (overall use). The p value is identified using a paired-samples t-test