Health Information Needs and Behaviours

Research in this area examines the information that patients and the general public need to improve their health and well-being. We also study the sources of information that people use, for example, the Web, interpersonal sources, the mass media. An important aspect of this work in understanding how people seek information. Ths research is important for ensuring information provision is effective and that it can help people during illness and ill health.

The following papers have been published:

  • Ayatollahi H, Bath PA and Goodacre S (2013) Information needs of clinicians and non-clinicians in the Emergency Department: A qualitative study. Health Information and Libraries Journal. In press.
  • Hsu W-C, Bath PA, Large S and Williams S. (2013) The association of geographical location and neighbourhood deprivation with older people’s use of NHS Direct – a population-based study. Age and Ageing. 42 (1): 57-62.
  • Hsu W-C, Bath PA, Large S and Williams S. (2011) Older people’s use of NHS Direct. Age and Ageing. 40(3): 335-40.
  • Beverley CA, Bath PA and Barber R (2011) Health and social care information for visually-impaired people. Aslib Proceedings. 63(2/3): 256-274.
  • MacDonald J, Bath PA and Booth A (2011) Information Overload and Information Poverty: challenges for healthcare services managers? Journal of Documentation. 67 (2): 238-263.
  • Beverley C, Bath PA and Barber R. (2007) Can two established information models explain the information behaviour of visually impaired people seeking health and social care information? Journal of Documentation 63(1): 9-32.
  • Harland JA and Bath PA (2007) Assessing the quality of web-sites providing information on multiple sclerosis: evaluating and comparing web-sites. Health Informatics Journal. 13: 207-221.
  • Guillaume L and Bath PA (2004) The Impact of ‘Health Scares’ on Parents Information Needs and Preferred Information Sources: A Case Study of the MMR Vaccine Scare. Health Informatics Journal. 10(1):5-22.

The following papers have been presented at research conferences:

  • Guillaume L and Bath PA (2007) A content analysis of mass media sources in relation ot the MMR vaccine scare. In: Bath PA, Albright K and Norris T (editors) (2007) Proceedings of 12th International Symposium on Health Information Management Research, Sheffield, UK July 2007. Published by University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. ISBN 0-903522-40-3. pp.:147-166.
  • Beverley CA, Bath PA and Barbour R. (2007) The role of local societies for the blind and partially sighted in meeting the information needs of visually impaired people. In: Bath PA, Albright K and Norris T (editors) (2007) Proceedings of 12th International Symposium on Health Information Management Research, Sheffield, UK July 2007. Published by University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. ISBN 0-903522-40-3. pp.: 271-272.
  • Beverley CA, Bath PA and Barbour R. (2006) The health and social care needs of people with a visual impairment. In: Abidi SSR, Bath PA and Keselj V (editors) Proceedings of 11th International Symposium on Health Information Management Research, Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 2006. Published by Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. ISBN 0-7703-9016-1. pp.138-139.
  • Stavroulakis T, Bath PA and Gott M (2005) Information needs of women concerning osteoporosis. In: Bamidis P, Bath P.A., Eaglestone B and Soutiriadou A. (editors) (2005) Proceedings of 10th International Symposium on Health Information Management Research, Thessaloniki, September 2005. Published by South Eastern European Research Centre (SEERC), Thessaloniki, Greece. pp.360-361. ISBN:960-878869-5-9.
  • Guillaume L and Bath PA (2004) Parents' information needs and information sources about parenting issues. Information Research. Vol. 10 No. 1. Available at: http://informationr.net/ir/10-1/abs10.html