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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958988/internet-usage-by-parents-prior-to-seeking-care-at-a-pediatric-emergency-department-observational-study
#1
Purvi L Shroff, Rebecca W Hayes, Pradeep Padmanabhan, Michelle D Stevenson
BACKGROUND: Little is known about how parents utilize medical information on the Internet prior to an emergency department (ED) visit. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to determine the proportion of parents who accessed the Internet for medical information related to their child's illness in the 24 hours prior to an ED visit (IPED), to identify the websites used, and to understand how the content contributed to the decision to visit the ED. METHODS: A 40-question interview was conducted with parents presenting to an ED within a freestanding children's hospital...
September 28, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954717/social-media-and-multiple-sclerosis-in-the-posttruth-age
#2
Luigi Lavorgna, Roberta Lanzillo, Vincenzo Brescia Morra, Gianmarco Abbadessa, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Simona Bonavita
Over the last few decades, patients have increasingly been searching for health information on the Internet. This aspect of information seeking is really important, especially for people affected by chronic pathologies and require lifelong treatment and management. These people are usually very well informed about the disease, but are nonetheless vulnerable to hopes of being cured or saved, often amplified by misinformation, myths, legends, and therapies that are not always scientifically proven. Many studies suggest that some individuals prefer to rely on the Internet as their main source of information, often hindering the patient-doctor relationship...
September 27, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899846/quality-of-patient-information-websites-about-congenital-heart-defects-mixed-methods-study-of-perspectives-among-individuals-with-experience-of-a-prenatal-diagnosis
#3
Tommy Carlsson, Ulla Melander Marttala, Barbro Wadensten, Gunnar Bergman, Ove Axelsson, Elisabet Mattsson
BACKGROUND: When a heart defect is prenatally diagnosed in the fetus, expectant parents experience a great need for information about various topics. After the diagnosis, the Web is used for supplemental information, and the scarcity of research calls attention to the need to explore patient information websites from the perspectives of the intended consumers. OBJECTIVE: The overarching aim of this study was to explore the quality of Swedish patient information websites about congenital heart defects, from the perspectives of individuals with experience of a prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart defect in the fetus...
September 12, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882813/perceptions-of-health-related-information-on-facebook-cross-sectional-study-among-vietnamese-youths
#4
Melvyn Wb Zhang, Bach Xuan Tran, Huong Thi Le, Hinh Duc Nguyen, Cuong Tat Nguyen, Tho Dinh Tran, Carl A Latkin, Roger Cm Ho
BACKGROUND: While health information websites may have previously been the core source of information about health-related conditions on the Internet, social networking sites are increasingly replacing those websites as a source of health-related information. The increasingly popularity of social networking sites among the general population has consequential impact on health policies as well as health-related interventions. To date, there remains a paucity of research conducted in developing countries like Vietnam looking at the influence of social networking sites...
September 7, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851675/internet-use-and-access-behavior-cyberbullying-and-grooming-results-of-an-investigative-whole-city-survey-of-adolescents
#5
Marco Flavio Michele Vismara, Joseph Toaff, Giuliana Pulvirenti, Chiara Settanni, Emma Colao, Serena Marianna Lavano, Riccardo Cemicetti, David Cotugno, Giuseppe Perrotti, Viviana Meschesi, Roberto Montera, Barbara Zepponi, Umberto Rapetto, Rosa Marotta
BACKGROUND: According to the Digital Agenda for Europe, the way children use the Internet and mobile technologies has changed dramatically in the past years. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to: (1) breakdown the modalities of access and use of the Internet by teenagers to assess risks and risky behaviors; and (2) provide scientific data to evaluate and counsel safe use of the Internet and new technologies by teenagers. METHODS: The study was conducted under the program "Strategies for a Better Internet for Children" started in May 2012 by the European Commission...
August 29, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829328/promoting-engagement-with-a-digital-health-intervention-help-diabetes-using-email-and-text-message-prompts-mixed-methods-study
#6
Ghadah Alkhaldi, Kerstin Modrow, Fiona Hamilton, Kingshuk Pal, Jamie Ross, Elizabeth Murray
BACKGROUND: Engagement with digital health interventions (DHIs) may be regarded as a prerequisite for the intervention to achieve positive health or behavior change outcomes. One method employed to promote engagement is the use of prompts such as emails and text messages. However, little is known about the characteristics of prompts that promote engagement. This study explored the association between the content and delivery mode of prompts and the users' engagement with HeLP-Diabetes (Healthy Living for People with type 2 Diabetes), a DHI that aimed to promote self-management in adults with type 2 diabetes...
August 22, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807889/activity-trackers-implement-different-behavior-change-techniques-for-activity-sleep-and-sedentary-behaviors
#7
Mitch Duncan, Beatrice Murawski, Camille E Short, Amanda L Rebar, Stephanie Schoeppe, Stephanie Alley, Corneel Vandelanotte, Morwenna Kirwan
BACKGROUND: Several studies have examined how the implementation of behavior change techniques (BCTs) varies between different activity trackers. However, activity trackers frequently allow tracking of activity, sleep, and sedentary behaviors; yet, it is unknown how the implementation of BCTs differs between these behaviors. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the number and type of BCTs that are implemented by wearable activity trackers (self-monitoring systems) in relation to activity, sleep, and sedentary behaviors and to determine whether the number and type of BCTs differ between behaviors...
August 14, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768612/short-term-efficacy-of-an-innovative-mobile-phone-technology-based-intervention-for-weight-management-for-overweight-and-obese-adolescents-pilot-study
#8
Jyu-Lin Chen, Claudia M Guedes, Bruce A Cooper, Audrey E Lung
BACKGROUND: In the United States, approximately one-third of adolescents are now overweight or obese, and one in six is obese. This financial cost and the larger nonfinancial costs of obesity make obesity prevention and management for adolescents imperative for the health of the nation. However, primary care visits are typically brief, and primary care providers may lack adequate resources to help overweight or obese adolescents to manage weight issues. To augment the efficacy of primary care visits for adolescent weight management, mobile phone technology can be used as an adjunct treatment that provides additional opportunities for encouraging improvement in lifestyle, attainment, and maintenance of healthy weight...
August 2, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733273/whatsapp-messenger-as-an-adjunctive-tool-for-telemedicine-an-overview
#9
Vincenzo Giordano, Hilton Koch, Alexandre Godoy-Santos, William Dias Belangero, Robinson Esteves Santos Pires, Pedro Labronici
BACKGROUND: The advent of telemedicine has allowed physicians to deliver medical treatment to patients from a distance. Mobile apps such as WhatsApp Messenger, an instant messaging service, came as a novel concept in all fields of social life, including medicine. The use of instant messaging services has been shown to improve communication within medical teams by providing means for quick teleconsultation, information sharing, and starting treatment as soon as possible. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to perform a comprehensive systematic review of present literature on the use of the WhatsApp Messenger app as an adjunctive health care tool for medical doctors...
July 21, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710056/health-related-coping-and-social-interaction-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis-supported-by-a-social-network-pilot-study-with-a-new-methodological-approach
#10
Luigi Lavorgna, Antonio Russo, Manuela De Stefano, Roberta Lanzillo, Sabrina Esposito, Fatemeh Moshtari, Francesco Rullani, Kyrie Piscopo, Daniela Buonanno, Vincenzo Brescia Morra, Antonio Gallo, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Simona Bonavita
BACKGROUND: Social media are a vital link for people with health concerns who find in Web communities a valid and comforting source for information exchange, debate, and knowledge enrichment. This aspect is important for people affected by chronic diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), who are very well informed about the disease but are vulnerable to hopes of being cured or saved by therapies whose efficacy is not always scientifically proven. To improve health-related coping and social interaction for people with MS, we created an MS social network (SMsocialnetwork...
July 14, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679488/toward-a-new-kind-of-vaccine-a-logical-extension-of-the-symmetrical-immune-network-theory
#11
Reginald Gorczynski, Geoffrey Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: The symmetrical immune network theory, developed in 1975, is based on the existence of specific T cell factors and hypothesizes that normal IgG immune responses comprise the production of 2 kinds of antibodies, namely antigen-specific antibodies and anti-idiotypic antibodies. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to confirm the existence of specific T cells factors and to show that immunization of C3H mice with BL/6 skin or using nominal antigen for immunization (Tetanus Toxoid) induced production of antigen-specific (anti-BL/6 or antitetanus) antibodies plus anti-idiotypic antibodies (C3H anti-anti-C3H)...
July 5, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642214/dupuytren-disease-is-there-enough-comprehensive-patient-information-on-the-internet
#12
Grzegorz Zuk, Katharina B Reinisch, Dimitri A Raptis, Sonia Fertsch, Merlin Guggenheim, Adrian F Palma
BACKGROUND: Dupuytren disease is a chronic nonmalign fibroproliferative disorder that causes finger contractures via proliferation of new tissue under the glabrous skin of the hand, resulting in multiple functional limitations for the patient. As many surgical therapy options exist, patients suffering from this condition actively search for information in their environment before consulting a health professional. OBJECTIVE: As little is known about the quality of Web-based patient information, the aim of this study was to conduct its systematic evaluation using a validated tool...
June 22, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500021/thoracic-surgery-information-on-the-internet-a-multilingual-quality-assessment
#13
Myles Davaris, Stephen Barnett, Robert Abouassaly, Nathan Lawrentschuk
BACKGROUND: Previous data suggest that quality of Internet information regarding surgical conditions and their treatments is variable. However, no comprehensive analysis of website quality exists for thoracic surgery. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to quantify website quality in a multilingual setting using an international standard for assessment. METHODS: Health On the Net (HON) principles may be applied to websites using an automated toolbar function...
May 12, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473305/quality-of-social-media-and-web-based-information-regarding-inappropriate-nuclear-cardiac-stress-testing-and-the-choosing-wisely-campaign-a-cross-sectional-study
#14
David E Winchester, Diana Baxter, Merry J Markham, Rebecca J Beyth
BACKGROUND: The World Wide Web and social media provide the public with access to medical information unlike any other time in human history. However, the quality of content related to cardiac stress testing is not well understood. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to evaluate the quality of content on the Internet relating to the use of cardiac nuclear stress testing and the Choosing Wisely campaign. METHODS: We searched the World Wide Web, Google Video (including YouTube), and Twitter for information relating to these two topics...
May 4, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336507/planking-or-the-lying-down-game-two-case-reports
#15
Stefania Barbieri, Paolo Feltracco, Luca Omizzolo, Rossella Snenghi, Rafi El Mazloum, Gianna Vettore, Mauro Bergamini, Armando Stefanati, Daniele Donato, Cecilia Ferronato, Francesco Maria Avato, Alberto Tredese, Rosa Maria Gaudio
BACKGROUND: The monitoring and management of risks regarding children and young people admitted to the emergency department as a result of dangerous behaviors distributed via the Internet should be based on clinical reasoning and knowledge about these social media-related phenomena. Here we examine 2 cases of teenagers who reported severe injuries while performing the "planking" craze, a challenge that consists in lying face-down stiffly like a board on any kind of surface. OBJECTIVE: Our objective is to examine and describe the Internet craze called planking, also known as the "lying-down game," through 2 case reports from our experience, enriching this study with information gained through discussions with secondary school teenagers...
March 23, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336506/using-ehealth-technologies-interests-preferences-and-concerns-of-older-adults
#16
Patrick Ware, Susan J Bartlett, Guy Paré, Iphigenia Symeonidis, Cara Tannenbaum, Gillian Bartlett, Lise Poissant, Sara Ahmed
BACKGROUND: The Internet and eHealth technologies represent new opportunities for managing health. Age, sex, socioeconomic status, and current technology use are some of the known factors that influence individuals' uptake of eHealth; however, relatively little is known about facilitators and barriers to eHealth uptake specific to older adults, particularly as they relate to their experiences in accessing health care. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to explore the interests, preferences, and concerns of older adults in using the Internet and eHealth technologies for managing their health in relation to their experiences with the current health care system...
March 23, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274908/assessing-the-performance-of-a-modified-lace-index-lace-rt-to-predict-unplanned-readmission-after-discharge-in-a-community-teaching-hospital
#17
Christo El Morr, Liane Ginsburg, Seungree Nam, Susan Woollard
BACKGROUND: The LACE index was designed to predict early death or unplanned readmission after discharge from hospital to the community. However, implementing the LACE tool in real time in a teaching hospital required practical unavoidable modifications. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to validate the implementation of a modified LACE index (LACE-rt) and test its ability to predict readmission risk using data in a hospital setting. METHODS: Data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information's Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), and the hospital electronic medical record for one large community hospital in Toronto, Canada, were used in this study...
March 8, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073738/evaluating-youtube-as-a-source-of-patient-education-on-the-role-of-the-hospitalist-a-cross-sectional-study
#18
Tamer Hudali, Muralidhar Papireddy, Mukul Bhattarai, Alan Deckard, Susan Hingle
BACKGROUND: Hospital medicine is a relatively new specialty field, dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients. YouTube is one of the most frequently used websites, offering access to a gamut of videos from self-produced to professionally made. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to determine the adequacy of YouTube as an effective means to define and depict the role of hospitalists. METHODS: YouTube was searched on November 17, 2014, using the following search words: "hospitalist," "hospitalist definition," "what is the role of a hospitalist," "define hospitalist," and "who is a hospitalist...
January 10, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769954/online-health-information-regarding-male-infertility-an-evaluation-of-readability-suitability-and-quality
#19
Stephanie Robins, Helena J Barr, Rachel Idelson, Sylvie Lambert, Phyllis Zelkowitz
BACKGROUND: Many men lack knowledge about male infertility, and this may have consequences for their reproductive and general health. Men may prefer to seek health information online, but these sources of information vary in quality. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to determine if online sources of information regarding male infertility are readable, suitable, and of appropriate quality for Internet users in the general population. METHODS: This study used a cross-sectional design to evaluate online sources resulting from search engine queries...
October 21, 2016: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27573588/japanese-consumer-perceptions-of-genetically-modified-food-findings-from-an-international-comparative-study
#20
Keiko Komoto, Sawako Okamoto, Miki Hamada, Naoya Obana, Mami Samori, Tomoaki Imamura
BACKGROUND: Reports of food-related incidents, such as cows infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (2001) and the Fukushima nuclear accident (2011), engendered significant fear among Japanese consumers and led to multiple farmer suicides, even when no actual health damage occurred. The growing availability of genetically modified (GM) food is occurring against this backdrop of concern about food safety. Consumers need information to assess risk and make informed purchasing decisions...
August 29, 2016: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
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