Skip to main content

Table 3 Information-seeking behaviour

From: Diabetes-related information-seeking behaviour: a systematic review

Main category Subcategory Examples Study designs
Qualitative studies Quantitative studies Mixed-methods studies
Types of information-seeking behaviour [9, 12, 13, 28,29,30,31,32, 35, 44] Passive attention Picking up information in the newspaper or TV shows [9] [9, 28, 30] [44]
Passive search Searching without a specific purpose; passively received information [29] [29, 30]
Active search Active seeking in the beginning [29] [28,29,30,31] [9, 44] [12, 35]
Ongoing search Looking for credible sources to ‘weave their ongoing web of information’ [9] [9, 28, 29] [12, 13]
Combined types Start with general information and continue with more specific ones [12] [9, 28, 29, 31, 32] [12, 13]
Information sources [5, 9, 10, 12, 13, 23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34, 36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43] Healthcare professional Physicians, nurses, dietitians, diabetes educator, pharmacists [12] [9, 27, 29,30,31,32, 37, 39, 40] [5, 10, 24, 26, 36, 42] [12, 13, 33, 35, 43]
Diabetes groups Groups as one of the major information sources [31] [31] [42] [12, 13]
Relatives/friends Family with DM history as an information source [29] [9, 29, 31, 40] [10, 26, 36] [12, 13, 33, 43]
Other patients Other T1DM patients or patient society [26] [26] [12, 13]
Internet Superficial and particular websites [33] [9, 27, 29, 31, 32, 37, 39, 40] [5, 10, 23,24,25,26, 36, 38, 41, 42] [12, 13, 33, 34, 43]
Brochures/magazines Printed media is still a mentioned source [9] [9, 29, 31, 40] [26, 36] [12, 13, 35]
Books Books as a helpful source, especially obtain information after diagnosis [33] [9, 29, 31, 40] [12, 13, 33]
Broadcast media Radio and television [5] [29] [5, 26, 36] [12, 13, 43]
Social networks Facebook or twitter [9] [30, 37, 40] [25, 36, 38]
Content of information [5, 12, 13, 22,23,24, 32, 34, 36, 37, 39, 43] Diet Information need of pre-diabetic patients about nutrition [22]; alcohol and DM [32] [32] [5, 22, 23, 36] [12, 13, 34, 43]
Complications Symptoms of DM kidney failure [32] [32] [5, 23, 24, 36] [12, 13, 34, 43]
Exercise Effect of exercise on blood sugar level [12] [32, 37] [5, 22, 23] [12, 13, 34, 43]
Medication and pharmacological interactions Insulin treatment [34] [32] [23, 36] [12, 13, 34, 43]
Pregnancy Breastfeeding and DM [34] [23, 39] [34]