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Health knowledge among the millennial generation

Tom Lloyd, Michele L. Shaffer, Christy Stetter, Mark D. Widome, John Repke, Michael R. Weitekamp, Paul J. Eslinger, Sandra S. Bargainnier, Ian M. Paul
  • Tom Lloyd
    Departments of Public Health Sciences, Pediatrics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medicine of the Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA; Department of Kinesiology, Penn State College of Health and Human Development, University Park, PA, United States | tal3@psu.edu
  • Michele L. Shaffer
    Departments of Public Health Sciences, Pediatrics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medicine of the Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA; Department of Kinesiology, Penn State College of Health and Human Development, University Park, PA, United States
  • Christy Stetter
    Departments of Public Health Sciences, Pediatrics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medicine of the Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA; Department of Kinesiology, Penn State College of Health and Human Development, University Park, PA, United States
  • Mark D. Widome
    Departments of Public Health Sciences, Pediatrics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medicine of the Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA; Department of Kinesiology, Penn State College of Health and Human Development, University Park, PA, United States
  • John Repke
    Departments of Public Health Sciences, Pediatrics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medicine of the Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA; Department of Kinesiology, Penn State College of Health and Human Development, University Park, PA, United States
  • Michael R. Weitekamp
    Departments of Public Health Sciences, Pediatrics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medicine of the Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA; Department of Kinesiology, Penn State College of Health and Human Development, University Park, PA, United States
  • Paul J. Eslinger
    Departments of Public Health Sciences, Pediatrics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medicine of the Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA; Department of Kinesiology, Penn State College of Health and Human Development, University Park, PA, United States
  • Sandra S. Bargainnier
    Departments of Public Health Sciences, Pediatrics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medicine of the Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA; Department of Kinesiology, Penn State College of Health and Human Development, University Park, PA, United States
  • Ian M. Paul
    Departments of Public Health Sciences, Pediatrics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medicine of the Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA; Department of Kinesiology, Penn State College of Health and Human Development, University Park, PA, United States

Abstract

The Millennial Generation, also known as Generation Y, is the demographic cohort following Generation X, and is generally regarded to be composed of those individuals born between 1980 and 2000. They are the first to grow up in an environment where health-related information is widely available by internet, TV and other electronic media, yet we know very little about the scope of their health knowledge. This study was undertaken to quantify two domains of clinically relevant health knowledge: factual content and ability to solve health related questions (application) in nine clinically related medical areas. Study subjects correctly answered, on average, 75% of health application questions but only 54% of health content questions. Since students were better able to correctly answer questions dealing with applications compared to those on factual content contemporary US high school students may not use traditional hierarchical learning models in acquisition of their health knowledge.

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health education, knowledge acquisition

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