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Improving health information access through social networking

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5 Author(s)
Freyne, J. ; Tasmanian ICT Center, CSIRO, Hobart, TAS, Australia ; Berkovsky, S. ; Kimani, S. ; Baghaei, N.
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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.

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Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS), 2010 IEEE 23rd International Symposium on

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12-15 Oct. 2010