We know little about how people process health information, as well as the circumstances when they choose to chat about health problems online. Also, we do not understand how information obtained online affects participation in treatment, and whether people want medical care to expand and integrate into the Internet-based technologies. Therefore, in an increasingly digitalized reality, it is worth considering the internet as a modern source of information about people. There are tools available right now to conduct extensive, yet careful, screening of the Internet content to derive information about sharing and interpretation of health information. These data could supplement understanding of health promotion efforts, stratified by outreach programs or medical specialties.
FOCAL POINTS OF INTEREST:
Digital networking and mental health
Online surveillance to detect self-destructive behaviors
Online discussion platforms as health promotion tools
Cyber ethnography of online communities
Telemedicine and tele psychiatry