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1- Iranian Institute for Health Sciences Research, ACECR, Tehran, Iran.
2- Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Science,Tehran,Iran
3- Iranian Institute for Health Sciences Research, ACECR, Tehran, Iran. , a.haeri@acecr.ac.ir
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Aim: Many information sources, including mass media, are trying to play an important role in health promoting of people in society through increasing their health information. The present study was conducted with the aim of investigating the use of health information, presented in mass media and virtual social networks among citizens of Tehran.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out on 1196 citizens of Tehran aged 18-65 years old in 2016. The subjects were selected using a multi-stage cluster sampling method. Data were collected by a researcher-made questionnaire after assessment of its validity and reliability. Data were analyzed by SPSS 19 software, using appropriate descriptive statistical methods.
Findings: 1,196 citizens of Tehran (581 women and 615 men) were studied in this research with a mean age of 37.2±13.2 years old. The use of health information of mass media and virtual social networks in the age group of 25-34 years old, married citizens, citizens with educational records up to 13 years, and employees group were more than the other groups. The highest use of media health information among the citizens was related to television (about 81%), and internet (about 61%) respectively.
Conclusion: The results of the present study highlighted the important role of television in promoting people's knowledge of health information. Also considering the importance of Internet search and virtual social networks in increasing the health information among people, it emphasizes the heavy responsibility of health authorities to producing and distributing relevant information by use of Internet search and virtual social networks.
     
Type of Study: Research Article | Subject: General
Received: 2018/08/28 | Accepted: 2019/02/20

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