The aim of the study is to investigate why women predominate
as enquirers into health information. A literature-based discussion
followed by a questionnaire survey are the methods chosen for the
The literature review presents the main areas of contention as
perceived by the researcher, whilst the survey attempts to test these
theories further. Although much of the data collected were subjective
in nature they provided a broad overview of some of the opinions and
attitudes which cause women to predominate as enquirers into health
information. It is recommended that further research be undertaken,
particularly into how gender affects the doctor-patient relationship
and how the medical profession could provide women with greater
freedom of choice in their medical care. Finally, it is concluded
that if better health care facilities and health information services
are to be developed, it is necessary to understand fully why women
constitute the majority of clients for health information.
A Master's Dissertation, submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Arts degree of Loughborough University.