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Web 2.0 for Health Promotion: Reviewing the Current Evidence.
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PMID:  23153164     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
As Web 2.0 and social media make the communication landscape increasingly participatory, empirical evidence is needed regarding their impact on and utility for health promotion. Following Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines, we searched 4 medical and social science databases for literature (2004-present) on the intersection of Web 2.0 and health. A total of 514 unique publications matched our criteria. We classified references as commentaries and reviews (n = 267), descriptive studies (n = 213), and pilot intervention studies (n = 34). The scarcity of empirical evidence points to the need for more interventions with participatory and user-generated features. Innovative study designs and measurement methods are needed to understand the communication landscape and to critically assess intervention effectiveness. To address health disparities, interventions must consider accessibility for vulnerable populations. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print November 15, 2012: e1-e10. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.301071).
Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou; Abby Prestin; Claire Lyons; Kuang-Yi Wen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1541-0048     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Wen-ying Sylvia Chou and Abby Prestin are with the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD. Claire Lyons is with the Behavioral Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute. Kuang-yi Wen is with the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA.
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