USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR HEALTH INFORMATION OF CAMBODIAN WORKERS IN THAILAND

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Dussadee Triyawong
Nattineeporn Chantaranothai
Jongkolnee Tuicharoen
Narumon Premmasawat
Areerat Pesungnoen
Tassanee Krirkgulthorn
Jantima Kheokao

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This study investigated the use of online media for health information of Cambodian worker in Thailand. Questionnaire was used to collect data on personal information, health status, uses of online media and search of heath information from Cambodian workers who worked in Thailand at time of collecting data. The 915 Cambodian workers who answered the questionnaires in August - September 2016 were 62.8 % of male, 34.5% were primary schoolers and 91.1% of them living in a rented house. As for type of work, they worked in factory (42.5%), service business (42.3%) and grocery (15.2%) respectively. It was found that the respondent use internet access for communication such as line and Facebook but few of them used for health information. It should be noted that health literacy in Cambodian worker was low which may affect their health status, therefore measures to help increase their health literacy are needed. Improving their self-care competency could lessen financial and staffs burden on healthcare of Thai government.

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