Improving health information access through social networking

Jill Freyne, Shlomo Berkovsky, Stephen Kimani, Nilufar Baghaei, Emily Brindal

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Abstract

Sustaining user participation is a challenge for even the most popular web sites. In this work we report on an effort to increase exposure to, and interaction with, a repository of health based information by coupling the repository with a social networking application. We hypothesize that we can sustain user interaction with a repository and increase nutrition knowledge through content browsing by reporting on the browsing actions of other users in a Social Networking System's activity feeds. We report on the findings of a live user study, which showed that coupling health content with a social networking system successfully increased content browsing and that highly engaged users are seen to have an altered attitude toward control over their health.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 IEEE 23rd International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages334-339
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781424491681
ISBN (Print)9781424491674
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2010 - Perth, Australia
Duration: 12 Oct 201015 Oct 2010

Conference

Conference23rd IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2010
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period12/10/1015/10/10

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