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|Title: ||Dynamics of health information-seeking behaviour among older adults with very low incomes in Ghana: a qualitative study|
|Authors: ||Agyemang-Duah, Williams|
|Keywords: ||Health information-seeking behaviour|
Older adults with very low incomes
|Issue Date: ||15-Jun-2020|
|Publisher: ||BMC Public Health|
|Abstract: ||Background: Exploration of health information-seeking behaviour among older adults with very low incomes is
critical in shaping our understanding of how health information is sought in later life. Although studies have
focused on health information-seeking behaviour among older people worldwide, subjective views of older adults,
especially those with very low incomes in Ghana remain scant. Thus, this study aimed to fill this significant
knowledge gap by exploring health information-seeking behaviour among older adults with very low incomes in
Methods: In-depth interviews and focus group discussions were conducted with 30 older adults with very low
incomes, 15 caregivers and 15 formal healthcare providers in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of Ghana. A thematic
analytical framework was used to analyse the data.
Results: The study revealed multiple sources of health information to include healthcare providers, family members,
media and friends. The kind of health information sought by older adults with very low incomes consisted of
information on diets, causes of chronic non-communicable diseases and medication dosage. The study
also identified inadequate knowledge about the benefits of seeking health information, perceived poor attitude of
healthcare providers and communication problems as the factors that limit older adults with very low incomes
from acquiring health information.
Conclusion: An adequate and reliable source of information is essential to promoting the health of older people.
Their inability to secure the right health information could further worsen their health status. Thus, the study
provides the need for appropriate health policy interventions on the sources and types of health information
sought by older adults with very low incomes in Ghana. Healthcare providers are recommended to remain open,
friendly and receptive to older people to allow them to seek and obtain health information as they [healthcare
providers] constitute the most reliable health information source.|
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