Use of Digital Health Information for Health Information Seeking Among Men Living With Chronic Disease: Data From the Health Information National Trends Survey. Academic Article uri icon


  • Although diabetes education plays an important role in self-management for people living with diabetes, male health "help-seeking" lags far behind women. These gender-related "help-seeking" disparities often result in males being less engaged in their health care, which subsequently leads to poorer health outcomes among males. In this cross-sectional study, we used data from the 2017 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) to identify factors that may contribute to communication inequalities between males and females. A hierarchical {linear/logistic} regression model was used to examine factors associated with online health information seeking among males living with diabetes. The results suggest that education, income, age, identifying as Hispanic, being a smoker, using a device to track progress toward a health-related goal, and using device to seek health information were all related to eHealth sum scores. Future research should consider testing applications among various at-risk groups to determine if the technology itself is becoming a barrier to eHealth.

published proceedings

  • Am J Mens Health

altmetric score

  • 2

author list (cited authors)

  • Sherman, L. D., Patterson, M. S., Tomar, A., & Wigfall, L. T.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Sherman, Ledric D||Patterson, Megan S||Tomar, Aditi||Wigfall, Lisa T

publication date

  • January 2020