User Needs

Early childhood allergy prevention: awareness, information-seeking behaviour, and information needs among different parent groups

Expectant parents look for health information for their child for various reasons, e.g. to find information on medical examinations or explore familial predispositions and respective risks for a certain disease. Aspects of health literacy (HL), information behaviour, and the availability and quality of information can significantly influence parents' ability to seek and use information. Research findings show that parents need sufficient HL, not least to filter high-quality information. For the development and implementation of good information and information channels,  knowledge about the information behaviour and preferences of parents is needed, but evidence on these aspects is hardly available so far.

Study objectives

The objectives of this project are to explore:

  1. parental awareness, knowledge about and relevance of information specific to early childhood allergy prevention (ECAP) and handling of changing recommendations, 
  2. needs and preferences regarding information search and content,
  3. approaches to information searches
  4. the influence of HL on information and prevention behaviour, and
  5. possible socio-cultural aspects.

The planning and implementation of this sub-project is being developed in close cooperation with and on the basis of the preliminary results of other sub-projects. With regard to target group perspectives, this subproject cooperates closely with  "Health Professionals". There is also a connection with "Epidemiology“ regarding the influence of parental HL on information behaviour.