The researcher presented 30 students from two Southeastern universities with the following hypothetical situation. qPretend that your close friend or relative had acquired HIV/AIDS. Where do you go on the Internet to get information?q Students used a tape recorder to record their comments as they searched, using the qthink aloudq protocol, which allows for the collection of data while an event is taking place. The researcher transcribed their qthink aloudsq and analyzed them using grounded theory, a process allowing a theory or model to emerge from the data The model revealed that students progress through a three-stage process as they forage (search) for HIV/AIDS information. The researcher discusses the three stages, qanxietyq qknowledge, q and qhelp, q and what they mean for health policymakers, health science librarians, health Web site designers and editors, who want to improve the quality of online health information, and consumers' ability to evaluate it.... to use general health information-finding databases like MEDLINEPLUS http:// www.medlineplus.gov), and Healthfmder (http ://www.healthfinder. gov), two government sites that pointed to credible health information (A Usera#39;s Guide, n.d.) .
|Title||:||A Grounded Theory Analysis of how College Students Search for Health Information on the Internet: The Case of HIV/AIDS.|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|