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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9906

Title: Credibility of Health Information and Digital Media: New Perspectives and Implications for Youth
Authors: Eysenbach, Gunther
Keywords: credibility
health informatics
Issue Date: 12-Aug-2007
Abstract: In this book chapter from the volume "Digital Media, Youth, and Credibility" (part of the MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning), Gunther Eysenbach considers the role of web technologies on the availability and consumption of health information. He notes that, contrary to some well-publicized surveys of individuals’ health information seeking behaviors, the actual incidence of health-related searches on the Internet is much lower than most estimates. Thus, although many people have sought health information online, virtually nobody does so frequently. The implication is that people, and especially young people, are largely unfamiliar with trusted health sources online, making credibility particularly germane when considering online health information. Eysenbach argues that as information consumers use these tools to participate more in their own health choices and decisions, humans and technologies act as new intermediaries—or “apomediaries”—that “stand by” and steer consumers to high quality information. He concludes by highlighting the credibility implications of this paradigm shift and demonstrating how it can empower health information seekers of all ages.
Description: Please cite as: Gunther Eysenbach. Credibility of Health Information and Digital Media: New Perspectives and Implications for Youth. In: Miriam J. Metzger & Andrew J. Flanagin (eds.). Digital Media, Youth, and Credibility. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning. MIT Press 2007 (in press) To be published by MIT Press end of 2007. Note: These are PROOFS which still may contain typesetting errors.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9906
ISBN: 9780262062732
9780262562324
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