Examining the role of the Internet in health behaviour

Sillence, Elizabeth and Briggs, Pamela (2007) Examining the role of the Internet in health behaviour. In: The Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 347-359. ISBN 9780198568001

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This article explores the role of the Internet in health behaviour, with particular emphasis on the issue of trust and trusting behaviours, as this is seen as key to determining the impact of the Internet on health outcomes. It is organized as follows. The first section discusses the role of the Internet in the context of health information and advice, exploring broader issues such as user motivation and outcomes in terms of perceived health benefits, as well as interactions with healthcare professionals. The article then goes on to examine the types of health websites available, and explores issues of advice and information quality. The following section examines the context of trust in relation to online health advice and information, and presents a staged model of trust that helps reconcile differences in the literature. The last section presents a validation of the staged model through in-depth, longitudinal qualitative work.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet users-Psychology, Internet-Social aspects
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2008 11:30
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:34
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2629

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