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discussed information with professionals reported strong
agreement to the item "receiving more attention to their
questions from health providers" while the percentage for those
who engaged in rare discussions of online information was
17.6% (61/346). Similarly, while 63% (56/89) of those who
engaged in frequent discussions strongly agreed that they
received more information to their satisfaction. However, the
percentage was 21.0% (73/348) for those who rarely engaged
in such discussions. A higher percentage of people who reported
frequent discussions also strongly agreed that there was an
increased respect in health care interactions (35%, 31/89)
compared to those who did not (8.6%, 30/347). Comparison of
discussers to non-discussers showed that nearly 34% (30/89)
of frequent discussers agreed strongly to positive changes on
the summated scale compared to nearly 5% (19/348) of
non-discussers. Lastly, almost 9% (30/348) of the respondents
who rarely discussed Web information reported strong
agreement to strained health care interactions. In contrast, nearly
twice that percentage was reported by those who frequently
broached up the topic of information obtained from the Internet
(17%, 15/88). Detailed percentages, chi-square values, and
corresponding significance levels are shown in Table 1.
ANOVA analyses with post-hoc tests also identified several
sociodemographic variables that were significantly associated
with perceived changes in medical encounters. These factors
are age, education, and income. Respondents older than 60 years
of age reported less perceived strain in medical encounters than
those between the ages of 18-29 (mean 2.40 vs mean 2.66,
P=.033). Respondents with "some college or less" education
perceived an increase in respect as a result of gathering
information from the Internet (M=3.05 vs M=2.81, P=.010).
There is also a marginally significant association between higher
income and receiving more information to satisfaction (mean
3.26 vs mean 3.03, P=.058). Ttest analyses showed that marital
status, race, and gender were not significant correlates of
perceived changes in medical encounters. ANOVA and t test
results are shown in Table 2 below.
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Seçkin, Gül. Health Information on the Web and Consumers’ Perspectives on Health Professionals’ Responses to Information Exchange, article, July 8, 2017; Toronto, Ontario. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1042585/m1/4/: accessed January 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.