Glucosamine and Arthritis: Linking Internet Information about Glucosamine and Arthritis with Individual Uptake of this Information

By Jane Elizabeth Hiscock.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Professor Ilona Kickbusch, Adelaide Thinker in residence 2007, notes that Australians are surrounded by health information and misinformation in all forms of media. She suggests citizens need to increase their health literacy to increase their control over their own health. Health information seeking is part of health literacy and self-management of chronic diseases, such as arthritis. The Internet is a popular source of public health information. This paper firstly looks at publicly available Internet information on glucosamine, a dietary supplement considered helpful for arthritis. It then reports on some research in South Australia which examines individual uptake of this information and makessuggestions about improving the health literacy of those accessing websites.

Keywords: Health Literacy

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.57-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.602MB).

Dr. Jane Elizabeth Hiscock

University Lecturer, Division of Education, Arts and Social Science, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Dr. Jane Hiscock is a Lecturer in the School of Communication at the University of South Australia. Her research interest is health literacy and health communication.