White Rose University Consortium logo
University of Leeds logo University of Sheffield logo York University logo

Can two established information models explain the information behaviour of visually impaired people seeking health and social care information?

Beverley, C.A., Bath, P.A. and Barber, R. (2007) Can two established information models explain the information behaviour of visually impaired people seeking health and social care information? Journal of Documentation, 63 (1). pp. 9-32. ISSN 0022-0418

Warning

There is a more recent version of this eprint available. Click here to view it.

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this study is to determine the extent to which two existing models of information behaviour could explain the information behaviour of visually impaired people seeking health and social care information.

Design/methodology/approach - The research was conducted within a constructivist paradigm. A total of 28 semi-structured interviews (face-to-face or telephone) with 31 visually impaired people were conducted. Framework analysis was used to analyse the results.

Findings - This study identified several factors that may affect a visually impaired person's information behaviour. These related to the presence of other. health conditions or disabilities, participants' understanding of the word "information", their interactions with information providers, their degree of independence, the support they received from friends and family, their acceptance of their own visual impairment, as well as their awareness of other visual impairments, their registration status and their willingness and ability to pay for aids, adaptations and equipment.

Originality/value - This study provides a new and valuable insight into the information behaviour of visually impaired people, as well as testing the applicability of a specific and generic information model to the information behaviour of visually impaired people seeking health and social care information.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: information media; disabled people; qualitative research; interviews; health and medicine
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Information Studies
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2009 10:16
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2009 10:16
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00220410710723867
Status: Published
Publisher: Emerald
Identification Number: 10.1108/00220410710723867
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9091

Available Versions of this Item

Actions (repository staff only: login required)