Social network interventions for consumer health
Centre for health informatics
Research Stream: Consumer Informatics
Dr Annie Lau - Senior Research Fellow
Former Project members
Dr Liliana Laranjo - Honorary Research Fellow
Ms Paige Newman - Research Officer
Project main description
Social processes underpin everything from our lifestyle choices, our health decisions, to the way healthcare is conceived and delivered. Social media - information tools that both exploit and celebrate our social nature - are beginning to be used across healthcare. However, could social media have an even stronger role? Could they enable us to treat socially-shaped diseases such as obesity, depression, diabetes, and heart disease?
In this research, we seek to understand how patients and consumers use social media for health purposes (i.e. e-health sociology), and examine ways we can design “social network intervention” to change the network around us to achieve better health outcomes.
- Coiera E. Social networks, social media, and social diseases. BMJ. 2013;346.
- Laranjo L, Arguel A, Neves AL, Gallagher A, Kaplan R, Mortimer N, Mendes G, Lau AYS. The influence of social networking sites on health behavior change: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of the American Medical Informatics 1. Association. 2015;Jan;22(1):243-56. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002841. Epub 2014 Jul 8.
- Lau, AYS, Kwok, TMY & Coiera, E, 2011, 'How Online Crowds Influence the Way Individual Consumers Answer Health Questions', Applied Clinical Informatics, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 177 - 189
- Lau, AYS & Coiera, E, 2008, 'Impact of web searching and social feedback on consumer decision making: a prospective online experiment', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 10, pp. 1 – 8
- Gabarron E, Serrano JA, Wynn R, Lau AYS. Tweets content related to sexually transmitted diseases: No joking matter. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2014;16:e228.
- Hansen MM, Miron-Shatz T, Lau AYS, Paton C. Big Data in Science and Healthcare: A Review of Recent Literature and Perspectives. Yearb Med Inform 2014;Aug 15;9:21-6. doi: 10.15265/IY-2014-0004.
- Gabarron E, Fernandez Luque L, Armayones M, Lau AYS. Identifying Measures Used for Assessing Quality of YouTube Videos with Patient Health Information: A Review of Current Literature. IJMR-interactive Journal of Medical Research. 2013;2(1):e6.
- Paton C, Hansen M, Fernandez-Luque L, Lau AYS. Self-Tracking, Social Media and Personal Health Records for Patient Empowered Self-Care: Contribution of the IMIA Social Media Working Group. Yearb Med Inform. 2012;7(1):16-24.
- Lau, AYS, Fernandez-Luque, L, Gabarron, E & Armayones, M, 2012, 'Social Media in Health - What are the Safety Concerns for Health Consumers?', Health Information Management Journal, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 30 - 35
- Lau, AYS, Siek, KA, Fernandez-Luque, L, Tange, H, Chhanabhai, P, Li, SYW, Elkin, PL, Arjabi, A, Walczowski, L, Ang, CS & Eysenbach, G, 2011, 'The Role of Social Media for Patients and Consumer Health', Yearb Med Inform, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 131 - 138
- Liaw, ST, Lau, AYS & Dennis, SM, 2010, 'General practice: engaging the online social networking revolution', Australian Family Physician, vol. 39, no. 11, pp. 809 - 810,
NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in eHealth, Macquarie University
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