ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media
By RICK NAUERT PHD Senior News Editor, psychcentral.com
A new area of health research seeks to determine how social media and information technology can best be used to prevent disease and promote general health.
Experts from University of Southern California believe the answer is complex as a variety of methods must be used to motivate healthy behaviors. That is the approach, whether face-to-face or online, depends upon the group and the circumstance.
Customizing interventions to groups and respective situations means that many approaches are required. In the article, Valente identifies 24 approaches, each with at least several variations , noting that a more robust framework is needed for deciding which tactics are best used in particular settings.His discussion of this approach appears in the peer-reviewed journal Science, one of the foremost outlets for scientific news, commentary and research.
“Existing evidence indicates that network interventions are quite effective,” Valente writes … [and] … believes the public health sector can benefit from using information networks such as Facebook and Twitter to collect data and spread health information among various populations.