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Mothers wield significant influence in determining their children's health and well-being. Yet research reveals a troubling trend of distrust towards healthcare providers, hindering effective healthcare access and delivery. Thus, this study seeks to identify the sources of health information mothers consult for advice and examines how these can inform the development of interventions aimed at enhancing health education and outcomes. Using standardized question guides, mothers were prompted to identify sources of advice regarding decision-making concerning their children’s health and evaluate their perceived value. A theme recurring across focus groups was weariness for healthcare providers: mothers worried that providers did not have sufficient concern for their worries. Generally, mothers prioritized information from individuals whom they had personal connections over qualified individuals with whom they had no social relationship with. Recognizing the significance of information-seeking behavior within the healthcare field presents an opportunity for intervention.



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Understanding Maternal Health Information-Seeking Behavior