Impact of health-related internet use on disease management behavior of chronic patients: Mediating role of perceived credibility of online information

Saira Hanif Soroya, Mariam Nazir, Anthony Faiola

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Abstract

During the last two decades, Internet use has increased in all parts of the world. Although, the trend of actively using the Internet for seeking health-related information was already on the rise, it accelerated soon after the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the increased use of the Internet for health decisions, serious concerns have been raised due to fake or misinformation. This study aims to determine the impact of Internet use for gathering health-related information on the disease management behavior of patients and to identify the mediating role of perceived credibility of online information. The study surveyed 200 chronic disease patients with diabetes and hypertension from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad, Pakistan. It is concluded that overall health-related Internet use has a positive impact on the disease management behavior of chronic disease patients. The study further confirms the mediating role of the perceived credibility of online information. Patients who are frequent users of the Internet for health information, who perceive online information more credible, reported better disease management behavior as compared to the less frequent users and those who perceive online information less credible.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInformation Development
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

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Keywords

  • chronic disease patients
  • disease management
  • health-related information
  • information credibility
  • information seeking
  • internet use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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