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Korean Journal of Family Medicine 2009;30(6):426-439.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4082/kjfm.2009.30.6.426    Published online June 20, 2009.
Concern in and Utilization of the Mass Media Health Information in Community-dwelling Elderly.
Hye Jung Kim, Hee Kyung Joh, Hyeok Kyu Kwon, Hyun Jin Do, Seung Won Oh, Youl Lee Lym, Jae Kyung Choi, Hyuk Jung Kweon, Dong Yung Cho
Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea. joe@kuh.ac.kr
지역사회 노인의 대중매체 건강정보에 대한 관심도 및 이용 행태
김혜정, 조희경, 권혁규, 도현진, 오승원, 임열리, 최재경, 권혁중, 조동영
건국대학교 의학전문대학원 가정의학교실
Abstract
Background
Recently, the mass media serves a major role in the public health education, but have not been proven whether they are being appropriately utilized in the elderly. The aim of this study was to identify the elderly person's concern in the mass media health information and utilization behavior. Methods: Between March to June 2008, one to one survey with the elderly people over 60 years was performed in two elderly welfare centers, one public health center, and two secondary hospitals outpatients and inpatients in Seoul and Chungju.Results: A total of 999 subjects were included. By multivariate analysis, factors signifi cantly associated with low concern in the mass media health information were low educational level, non-exercise group, and low concern in own health (P = 0.001, 0.009, < 0.001, respectively). The most frequently utilized health information source was the mass media. By comparing the frequency of health information utilization, women, low educational level, low income, non-exercise group, underweight, low level of self-evaluated health status, and low concern in health information were signifi cantly associated with the lowest quintile of utilization (P value: < 0.001, 0.005, 0.05, < 0.001, 0.002, 0.03, 0.005, respectively). However, the presence of chronic diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, had no association.Conclusion: In community-dwelling elderly, important factors associated with concern in and utilization of the mass media health information were concern in health, self-evaluated health status, exercise status and socioeconomic factors such as education or income level, rather than comorbid chronic disease.
Key Words: Elderly; Mass Media; Health Information; Self-evaluated Health Status; Exercise


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