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Table 4 Age-adjusted comparisons of computer and Internet access and preferred methods for obtaining health education, Spanish-dominant, Bilingual, and English-dominant Latinos Aged 25–64

From: Health-related characteristics and preferred methods of receiving health education according to dominant language among Latinos Aged 25 to 64 in a large Northern California health plan

  Women Men
Internet Access and Health Education Preferences Spanish-
dominant
(n = 78)
% (se)
Bilingual
(n = 99)
% (se)
English-
dominant
(n = 433)
% (se)
Spanish-
dominant
(n = 93)
% (se)
Bilingual
(n = 87)
% (se)
English-
dominant
(n = 301)
% (se)
Personal Computer       
   At home 50.2 (6.9) **** 65.0 (5.2) ** 80.7 (2.0) 34.3 (5.7) ****, c 64.7 (5.7) ** 82.7 (2.6)
   At home/other location 58.3 (6.6) **** 73.4 (4.3) **** 90.8 (1.3) 37.8 (6.1) ****, d 70.0 (5.5) *** 90.2 (1.9)
Internet       
   At home 39.3 (6.9) ****, a 56.8 (5.5) *** 77.5 (2.0) 25.5 (4.5) ****, d 58.7 (5.9) *** 81.4 (2.6)
   At home/other location 44.9 (6.9) ****, b 69.1 (4.6) **** 88.9 (1.4) 30.7 (5.7) ****, d 66.8 (5.8) *** 89.7 (2.0)
Information Source Used in Past 12 months       
Health education handouts 14.6 (4.3) 14.3 (3.8) 18.8 (2.1) 11.1 (3.2) 4.9 (2.4) ** 14.1 (2.2)
Health handbook 37.7 (6.6) 36.9 (5.4) 32.0 (2.4) 21.2 (5.4) 17.2 (4.4) 24.3 (2.9)
Health phone messages 13.8 (5.3) *, a 0.8 (0.8) 2.6 (0.1) 3.6 (2.0) 2.4 (2.3) 1.2 (0.6)
Information from a website 9.5 (3.9) 2.0 (1.7) **** 17.1 (1.9) 0.3 (--) **** 2.8 (1.6) **** 17.1 (2.5)
Health education programs 5.5 (2.5) *** 2.7 (3.8) ** 16.2 (2.0) 6.5 (3.3) 7.7 (3.6) 8.1 (1.6)
Preferred Methods       
Small group appointments with a clinician/educator 29.4 (6.4)a 12.9 (4.0) 17.8 (20.0) 30.9 (6.1) **, a 14.4 (4.7) 10.7 (1.8)
Individual counseling 33.4 (6.2) 39.9 (5.3) 41.6 (2.5) 34.7 (6.0) 25.3 (5.0) ** 42.7 (3.2)
Brief telephone counseling 26.3 (5.1)b 9.4 (3.1) ** 19.6 (2.1) 36.7 (6.6) **, d 48.4 (2.8) * 16.7 (2.5)
1/2- full day workshop 20.4 (5.4) *, a 7.1 (3.6) 7.4 (1.3) 12.5 (4.1) 10.2 (3.8) 8.4 (1.8)
Multi-session program       
   Traditional class 10.8 (4.7) 7.1 (2.8) 8.7 (1.5) 4.0 (2.2) 7.4 (3.0) 5.5 (1.2)
   Group program by phone 4.5 (2.2) 2.7 (1.6) 1.6 (0.6) 7.4 (3.5) *, a 0 (0) 1.4 (0.6)
   Internet-based 2.3 (1.6) * 8.5 (3.5) 7.2 (1.3) 7.4 (3.3) 3.6 (2.2) 8.8 (2.0)
Information from a website 11.0 (4.5) ** 7.3 (3.1) **** 25.3 (2.2) 12.8 (4.1) ** 8.4 (3.1) **** 28.7 (3.0)
Computer program 10.7 (3.3) 8.6 (3.0) 13.7 (1.7) 15.1 (4.3) 10.4 (3.4) 17.5 (2.6)
Health phone messages 21.5 (4.8) **, b 3.5 (2.1) 5.2 (1.1) 19.0 (5.5) **, a 4.8 (2.3) 4.1 (1.3)
Health videos 44.9 (6.5) ****, a 21.5 (4.5) 16.6 (1.9) 57.2 (6.6) ****, d 22.4 (5.1) 19.8 (2.5)
Health programs on TV 49.5 (6.9) ****, d 18.0 (3.8) 18.9 (2.0) 29.3 (5.1) 25.4 (5.3) 22.3 (2.7)
Health newsletters 56.2 (6.7) *, c 24.6 (4.9) ** 39.8 (2.5) 54.2 (6.7) **, c 22.9 (5.3) 30.9 (3.1)
Short handouts or articles 59.7 (6.6)b 31.7 (5.3) * 46.5 (2.6) 46.3 (6.6) 30.5 (5.6) 36.7 (3.1)
  1. * p < 05; ** p < .01; *** p < 001; ****p < .0001 by t-test, Spanish-dominant and Bilingual compared to English-dominant.
  2. a p < 05; b p < .01; c p < 001; d p < .0001 by t-test, Spanish-dominant compared to Bilingual