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Using the Internet to influence public knowledge and attitudes about health

Madle, G; Kostkova, P; Mani-Saada, J; Weinberg, JR; (2003) Using the Internet to influence public knowledge and attitudes about health. In: Research on Computing Science. (pp. pp. 70-85). Instituto Politécnico Nacional Green open access

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Abstract

The increasing availability of evidence-based medical information on the Internet has great potential to empower patients and health professionals and equip them for better decision-making, improving health outcomes. However, previous research has only evaluated the quality and accessibility of online information rather than the impact this information is having on the user. With these new technologies, are we actually empowering patients and professionals, improving their knowledge and changing their attitudes in a way that will impact on their behaviour? This paper presents the results of a pilot study investigating whether information within a medical digital library changes user knowledge and attitudes. The study had positive results with significant changes recorded. We conclude that digital libraries have the potential to change knowledge and attitudes of a range of users, but we need to evaluate this impact to inform digital library design in order to maximise the impact on users.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Using the Internet to influence public knowledge and attitudes about health
Event: e-Health: Application of Computing Science in Medicine and Health Care
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.rcs.cic.ipn.mx/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084416
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