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One in Four Irish people use Internet as a source of health information

30 March 2008

New research from the Health Research Board (HRB) shows that more than one in four Irish adults have used the Internet to search for information about health issues. Females who are in employment are the most likely to use the Internet for health information. The evidence shows that there is still a major digital divide in Ireland between those who use the internet (younger people in employment with higher levels of education) and those who don?t (older adults and people with lower educational levels, or those who are unemployed). The authors say that the internet can be a useful source of information for people in relation to health issues, but that it is critical that we evaluate and assess the information available on Irish websites, so that we can guide people towards information that is correct, credible and practical from an Irish perspective.

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