Document Type : Original Article


1 Social Determinants of Health of Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences

2 Health Information Technology Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to predict health information‑seeking behavior (HISB) components
based on health anxiety among users of public libraries.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This research was a descriptive‑correlational study. The statistical
population consisted of users of public libraries. Data collection tools included the HISB questionnaire
and the Short Form of Health Anxiety Inventory (SHAI).
RESULTS: The results indicated that health anxiety was a significant predictor of the components
of HISB. The illness likelihood had a direct relationship with the components of the need for health
information and the purposefulness of health information seeking, and it was inversely related to
barriers to obtaining health information. In addition, the preoccupation with illness was directly related
to the components of the need for health information, the diversity of health information sources, the
time of referring to health information sources, the purposefulness of health information seeking, and
evaluation of reasons for referring to the library.
CONCLUSION: Among the components of health anxiety, preoccupation to the disease has the
highest role in the emergence of users’ information‑seeking behavior.


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