Ethnic differences in utilization of online health information sources : A test of the social inequality hypotheses
Rosenberg, D. (2023). Ethnic differences in utilization of online health information sources : A test of the social inequality hypotheses. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, OnlineFirst. https://doi.org/10.1177/09610006221146843
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The goal of the current study was to understand ethnic differences in use of online health information sources. Social stratification and social diversification hypotheses were used as study’s theoretical framework. The data were obtained from the 2017 Israel Social Survey (N = 2166). Multinomial and logistic regression techniques were used for the multivariate analysis. The results suggest that Israeli Arab respondents were less likely than Israeli-born Jewish respondents to seek health information using the Health Funds’ call centers or websites, other websites, and to utilize any number of the online health information sources. The findings provide a strong support for the social stratification hypothesis. The findings imply that members of minority population should be more encouraged to use (public) online health information sources as a means of taking greater responsibility for their health as well as for the health of their communities.
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