Factors that influence public engagement with eHealth: A literature review

Nicholas R Hardiker, Maria J Grant

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Abstract

Purpose
Public engagement with eHealth is generally viewed as beneficial. However, despite the potential benefits, public engagement with eHealth services remains variable. This article explores reasons for this variability through a review of published international literature.

Methods
A focused search, conducted in January 2009, of three bibliographic databases, MEDLINE, CINAHL and EMBASE, returned 2622 unique abstracts.

Results
Fifty articles met the inclusion criteria for the review. Four main types of eHealth service were identified: health information on the Internet; custom-made online health information; online support; and telehealth. Public engagement with these services appears to depend on a number of factors: characteristics of users; technological issues; characteristics of eHealth services; social aspects of use; and eHealth services in use.

Conclusions
Recommendations for policy makers, developers, users and health professionals, include: targeting efforts towards those underserved by eHealth; improving access; tailoring services to meet the needs of a broader range of users; exploiting opportunities for social computing; and clarifying of the role of health professionals in endorsement, promotion and facilitation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Volume80
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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