Factors that influence public engagement with eHealth: a literature review
Hardiker, NR and Grant, MJ 2011, 'Factors that influence public engagement with eHealth: a literature review' , International Journal of Medical Informatics, 80 (1) , pp. 1-12.
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Purpose: Public engagement with eHealth is generally viewed as beneficial. However, despite the potential benefits, public engagement with eHealth services remains variable. This article explores reasons for this variability through a review of published international literature. Methods: A focused search, conducted in January 2009, of three bibliographic databases, MEDLINE, CINAHL and EMBASE, returned 2622 unique abstracts. Results: Fifty articles met the inclusion criteria for the review. Four main types of eHealth service were identified: health information on the Internet; custom-made online health information; online support; and telehealth. Public engagement with these services appears to depend on a number of factors: characteristics of users; technological issues; characteristics of eHealth services; social aspects of use; and eHealth services in use. Conclusions: Recommendations for policy makers, developers, users and health professionals, include: targeting efforts towards those underserved by eHealth; improving access; tailoring services to meet the needs of a broader range of users; exploiting opportunities for social computing; and clarifying of the role of health professionals in endorsement, promotion and facilitation.
|Themes:||Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science|
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
|Schools:||Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work > Centre for Nursing & Midwifery Research|
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Medical Informatics|
|Depositing User:||NR Hardiker|
|Date Deposited:||07 Dec 2010 10:23|
|Last Modified:||20 Aug 2013 17:42|
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