This special volume contributes to the rapidly growing body of eHealth research, presenting a selection of multidisciplinary studies on the role and impacts of technology and the Internet in health communication, healthcare delivery, and patient self-management.
The use of the Internet and new communication technologies have impacted nearly every aspect of life in recent years. These technologies hold tremendous promise to improve systems of healthcare and enable people to better understand their health and manage their healthcare. However, there are also risks to the use of eHealth technologies. Empirical evidence is urgently needed to examine the use and impacts of eHealth technologies and to inform targeted health communication interventions.
Chapters explore both old and new challenges associated with technology-enabled care. These include the persistence of social determinants in shaping Digital Divides in access and use of eHealth technologies, the unintended consequences associated with electronic medical records and pagers on healthcare professionals’ ability to control their work time, and how self-tracking and quantification may exacerbate gendered norms of the body and health. Other chapters provide updated information on trends in and predictors of people’s trust of health information channels, how people make credibility assessments of online health information, the role of personality traits in perceived benefits in online support group participation, and how online health resources impact people’s sense of empowerment and the use of healthcare services. Finally, chapters explore the future potential of eHealth in addressing the needs of underserved communities and guide the creation of new technology-enabled intervention strategies.
About the Author
Timothy M. Hale is the Associate Director of Product Development at Partners HealthCare, Connected Health Innovation (CHI) and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, USA.
Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou is a Program Director in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) of the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), USA.
Shelia R. Cotten is MSU Foundation Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University and the Director of the Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research, USA.
Aneka Khilnani is a recent graduate from Santa Clara University with a BS in Public Health Science, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Promises and Perils of eHealth; Timothy M. Hale, Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou, Shelia R. Cotten
Chapter 1. "I Went Home to Google”: How Users Assess the Credibility of Online Health Information; Erin Klawitter and Eszter Hargittai
Chapter 2. Trust in Health Information Sources and Channels, Then and Now: Evidence from the Health Information National Trends Survey (2005-2013); Chan L. Thai, Anna Gaysynsky, Angela Falisi, Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou, Kelly Blake, and Bradford W. Hesse
Chapter 3. Health-Related Information Seeking among Deaf Adults: Findings from the 2017 Health Information National Trends Survey in American Sign Language (HINTS-ASL); Poorna Kushalnagar and Raja Kushalnagar
Chapter 4. The Impact of Health Practitioners’ Use of Communication Technologies on Temporal Capital and Autonomy; Cynthia Wang
Chapter 5. Tracking Health and Fitness: A Cultural Examination of Self Quantification, Biomedicalization and Gender; Amy A. Ross
Chapter 6. The Third Digital Divide in the Health Domain: Is Internet Use for Health Purposes Associated with Health Benefits?; Efrat Neter, Esther Brainin, and Orna Baron-Epel
Chapter 7. Who is Likely to Benefit Most from Online Cancer Support Communities? The Role of Personality Traits; Yuchen Ren and An Xiaojing
Chapter 8. Positive Impacts of Online Health Information Seeking on Health Perceptions and the Mediational Relationship with Health Communication and Sense of Empowerment; Gül Seçkin, Susan Hughes, Cassie Hudson, David Laljer and Dale Yeatts
Chapter 9. Developing a Graphic Text Messaging Intervention for Smoking Cessation Targeting First-Generation Chinese Immigrant Men: Insights from Focus Group Interviews; Emily B. Peterson, Xiaoquan Zhao, Xiaomei Cai and Kyeung Mi Oh
Chapter 10. Using Social Media to Help Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young Adults Quit Smoking: An In-depth Interview Study; Ashley Sanders-Jackson, Christopher Clemens and Kristen Wozniak