What type of health information do adults seek online?

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Use datafile “webhealth.sav” for this report and use reading number 3 to get guidelines on how to write a research report. This dataset contains survey information on the use of the Internet as a source for health information.

1. Select not more than 10 variables that you think can be used to examine the sources of health information from the sample. Include variables indicated in the table to provide a demographic profile of the patients. You can collapse variables as you wish to prepare/create variables for your study.

2. Select a title for your report.

3. Using relevant variables, describe the data using graphs, frequencies, and descriptives. Use the output from these analytical methods to discuss issues related to the use of the Internet for health information.

4. Include a minimum of 4 scholarly references to support your arguments. Use APA style.

5. Be innovative! Do all you can using SPSS and your research skills to create an informative report on the subject.

6. Your report should be between 4 and 5 pages in length. Include only relevant SPSS output.

7. The deadline is by 11:59pm, Sunday, April 29th, 2018.


Here is a sample outline


Technology and health in modern society

Purpose of your analysis/Report

Background/Literature Review: 

What role does internet access, use of cell phones have in health care, health care access, and health information seeking?

What type of health information do adults seek online?

Are there age differences in health information seeking?

Are there gender differences in health information seeking?


Describe the methods for developing your report as a secondary data analysis.  Look up what is meant by secondary data analysis and provide that description in the context of your report. Make sure you cite your sources.

Include here what variables you will be analyzing for your report.  For example, some people may look at variables Q20 through Q22o for ideas on what to analyze.


Report the descriptive characteristics of your sample in a single table (e.g. breakdown by gender, age, etc. Report the characteristics using the table provided. Of course, you need to fill in the data. To run the frequencies to get the information to complete the table, assign missing values first, then you can run all the frequencies at once by including all the variables you need in the frequency analysis.


Table 1. DescriptiveCharacteristics of Sample

Variables Total Sample N=
n Valid %
Gender (sex)
Age Categories (agegrp)
18-24 years
25-34 years
35-44 years
45-54 years
55-64 years
65 years and older
Marital Status(mar)
Single/Never Married
Married/Living With Partner
Level of Education (educ)
Less than High School
High School/GED
Technical School/Some College
College Graduate &/ Higher degree
RACE (race)
Community Type (usr)
Health Status (q16)
Only Fair


Write up a summary of your results.

What did the other variables that you used to examine health information seeking show?



What did you find out from your study?