Medicine 2.0'09 (Toronto, Canada)
Design and Implementation of a Web-based Tailored Gymnasium to Enhance Self-management of Fibromyalgia
Background: This paper describes the design and development of an online gymnasium that proposes personalized exercise videos to users affected by fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in muscles, ligaments and tendons, usually associated with sleep disorders and fatigue. Physical exercise is considered as an important component of non-pharmacological treatments of this pathology and internet is praised as a powerful resource to promote an...
Persuasion Strategies of Online Pharmacies: How the Web Transforms Patients into Consumers
Introduction: Online Pharmacies (OPs) are recognized as a threat to public health by FDA and WHO, as they pose a risk to consumers. Indeed, it is difficult to determine whether drugs purchased online might be counterfeit, unapproved or illegal. Moreover, OPs often provide drugs without a prescription. Despite the efforts by health authorities to regulate the selling of drugs over the internet, the global dimension of the web makes it difficult to control the phenomenon of drug selling. ...
What do Portals for Doctors Offer? A Qualitative Analysis of their Features for the Enrichment of Expert Knowledge
Background: The internet has deeply changed the way people share information, as well as the modalities of health communication both among citizens and health professionals. Great concern has been expressed regarding the quality of health information on the web, whose trustworthiness remains one of the most worrying and complex issues. Nowadays the majority of doctors use the internet to access scientific advances, with unquestionable advantages but even some problems. Indeed, on one hand the...
Analysis of Websites Offering Direct-to-consumer Genetic Tests: the Possible Implications on Public Health
Background. An increasing number of websites offers genetic testing directly to consumer (DTC). The limited evidence about the possible improvement of patient health by genetic test and the complexity of test result interpretation could lead to further workup that could increase the expenditure of health care resources. Performing these tests without proper counseling support, could alter perceptions of risk and health behavior, cause psychological morbidity and have a significant impact on ...
Medicine 2.0'11 (Stanford University, USA)
Evaluation of a New Interactive E-learning Tool (ilkum) of the University Medical Center Mainz
Background E-learning has been recognized during recent years as an essential tool to improve dental education; however, the best approach to implementing computer-assisted learning, as well as avoiding information overload are topics of ongoing discussion. Since 2009 our department has been developing a modular interactive e-learning tool (ILKUM) focussing on the medical curriculum (MC) to improve medical education. It includes small e-modules with structured descriptions of diseases and op...
Drug-selling Websites: a New Scenario in Public Health? A Systematic Review
Background Drug-Selling Websites (DSWs) are companies that sell pharmaceutical preparations, including prescription-only drugs, on the Internet. Very little is still known about this phenomenon, due to its hidden nature when occurring outside national legislation. The aim of the study was to perform an up-to-date and comprehensive review of scientific literature focusing on the broader picture of DSWs by scanning several scientific and institutional databases, with no publication time limit...
Interactive Learning Objective Catalogue of The University Medical Center Mainz (ilkum) - Improving Learning in Dental and Medical Education
Background E-learning has been recognized during recent years as an essential tool to improve dental education; however, the best approach to implementing computer-assisted learning, as well as avoiding information overload are topics of ongoing discussion. Since 2009, the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has been developing an interactive e-learning tool called ILKUM to improve the coordination between education content and student learning requirements. Methods ILKUM is an i...
Medicine 2.0'12 (Boston, USA)
Acceptance of E-Learning Devices (Computers, Tablet Computer, Smartphones) in Dental and Medical Education
Background: Tablet computers as well as internet-based smartphones are increasingly employed in the education of dental and medical students. Objective: This study investigates which specific devices of internet-based learning supports are preferred and, whether these techniques affect the learning behavior. Methods: The study group comprises randomly selected students (n=141) of dentistry and medicine (all students are in clinical sections, 70,5% female and 29,5% male). We were i...
Mapping M-Health: a Decade of Evolution
Background: In the last decade mobile health is constantly expanding as part of e-Health. Mobile applications for health can target heterogeneous audiences and address specific needs in different situations, with diverse outcomes, and by complementing highly developed healthcare technologies. The market is constantly evolving, making countless new mobile technologies potentially available to the healthcare system. Yet, research on the applications of these technologies is still scarce. Ob...
Automated Recording Of Lectures In Medicine And Dentistry, And Their Integration Into The Learning Management System ILKUM (Interaktiver Lernzielkatalog Universitätsmedizin Mainz)
The need for electronic teaching media to instruct medical students has risen significantly during recent years. This comprises the ability to offer recorded lectures. A current survey (2011/12) conducted at the Medical School of Mainz showed that 93% of students interviewed (n = 131, human and dental medicine) assessed a provision of lecture-records to be important or even very important. Implementation of an automated recording system of lectures faced numerous problems. These include: -...
Custom Search: Between Bad Literacy and Guided Navigation
Background: Since the Internet has begun to boom, people depend on the World Wide Web for searching and exchanging information all over the world. Despite the power of search engines in retrieving and ranking results in reply to user queries, the process of finding or choosing relevant and credible websites is still a big challenge. Thus when it comes in finding information on the Internet, people are affected and tend to believe the results offered by search engines are the most helpful or t...
Medicine 2.0'13 (London, UK)
Acceptance Of Recorded Lectures In Clinical Dental And Medical Education
Objectives: During recent years audio-visual recordings of lectures were made increasingly available to dental and medical students via online techniques. The present investigation aims to examine more closely whether these recordings are accepted in general, and whether they affect the learning behaviour of clinical dental and medical students. Methods: The present survey comprised two cohorts of students: one group consisted of dental students (n=58) who attended a systematic surgical l...
Medicine 2.0'14 Europe (Malaga, Spain)
Validation of an Italian Version of the EHealth Literacy Scale (I-EHEALS)
Background eHealth Literacy has been defined as “the ability to seek, find, understand, and appraise health information from electronic sources and apply the knowledge gained to addressing or solving a health problem”. The eHealth Literacy Scale (eHEALS) has been developed in order to specifically address and measure people’s ability to find, evaluate and use of health information in online settings. The 8 items of the scale measure consumers’ combined knowledge, comfort, and percei...
Are We Fully Exploiting the Potential of Mobile Devices? Addressing social isolation through mHealth
Background: The complex interaction between behavioral and psychosocial factors in explaining health disparities has been widely documented in the literature. Among the psychosocial factors, social isolation constitutes nowadays one of the biggest issues of the industrialized world, and is recognized as a major risk factor for a wide range of negative health outcomes, being compared even with cigarette smoking. Increasing levels of social isolation are the result of both societal and individu...
A-DISCERN: Developing an Automated Tool for Identifying Better Online Quality Information regarding Treatment Options
Background: Many studies have reported that looking for medical information on the Internet nowadays is one of the primary means of health information seeking. However, the promise of the Internet as a decision support system is seriously marred by the fact that the quality of online health information varies tremendously. Initiatives proposing guidelines, checklists and quality indicators sought to help in solving the problem. However, these guidelines and quality criteria are laborious beca...
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Exploring Health Information-Seeking Preferences of Older Adults With Hypertension: Quasi-Experimental Design
JMIR mHealth and uHealth
Evaluation of a Mobile Phone–Based Intervention to Increase Parents’ Knowledge About the Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccination and Their Psychological Empowerment: Mixed-Method Approach
Journal of Medical Internet Research
Effects of Functional Interactivity on Patients’ Knowledge, Empowerment, and Health Outcomes: An Experimental Model-Driven Evaluation of a Web-Based Intervention
Mapping mHealth Research: A Decade of Evolution
The Impact of Search Engine Selection and Sorting Criteria on Vaccination Beliefs and Attitudes: Two Experiments Manipulating Google Output
Interactive Sections of an Internet-Based Intervention Increase Empowerment of Chronic Back Pain Patients: Randomized Controlled Trial
The Effect of Social Support Features and Gamification on a Web-Based Intervention for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients: Randomized Controlled Trial
The Effect of Information Communication Technology Interventions on Reducing Social Isolation in the Elderly: A Systematic Review
Manipulating Google’s Knowledge Graph Box to Counter Biased Information Processing During an Online Search on Vaccination: Application of a Technological Debiasing Strategy
Consumer Decision-Making Based on Review Websites: Are There Differences Between Choosing a Hotel and Choosing a Physician?
Effects of eHealth Literacy on General Practitioner Consultations: A Mediation Analysis
A Psychometric Analysis of the Italian Version of the eHealth Literacy Scale Using Item Response and Classical Test Theory Methods
Physician Rating Websites: What Aspects Are Important to Identify a Good Doctor, and Are Patients Capable of Assessing Them? A Mixed-Methods Approach Including Physicians’ and Health Care Consumers’ Perspectives
Content, Quality, and Assessment Tools of Physician-Rating Websites in 12 Countries: Quantitative Analysis
Acceptance of E-Learning Devices by Dental Students
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