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J Consum Health Internet. 2013 Apr 1;17(2):139-150.

Online Technologies for Health Information and Education: A literature review.


There is a growing body of research focused on the use of social media and Internet technologies for health education and information sharing. The authors reviewed literature on this topic, with a specific focus on the benefits and concerns associated with using online social technologies as health education and communication tools. Studies suggest that social media technologies have the potential to safely and effectively deliver health education, if privacy concerns are addressed. Utility of social media-based health education and communication will improve as technology developers and public health officials determine ways to improve information accuracy and address privacy concerns.


Internet; health communication; health education; privacy; social media technologies

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