Microblogs: Possible Tools in Accessing Health Care Information

Anup Kathet, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, Nebraska, 68845 Mentored by Sharon N. Obasi, Ph.D., Department of Family Studies, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, Nebraska, 68845

“Web 2.0” has changed the way people interact with information online, moving from passive consumption to active creation of content. User generated content is widely relied on especially after the rise of social media. Microblogs are also one form of content creation where concise posts are created and shared to an audience. These posts could be links, audio, images, or videos but are usually short and condensed. Quick transfer rate, short and easy to follow and concise information are the major advantages of this form of communication. It has a huge potential in terms of sharing health related information. User created content could give different personal views and experience regarding health issues and care. People can personally relate to this kind of information but due to lack of validity of the information this can create more problems as well. Knowing that this study was conducted to explore social media behavior particularly usage in exchange of health care information and views on the trustworthiness of the information accessed. Following IRB approval, data were collected through 18-item online, Qualtrics survey. Results indicate that the majority of the survey takers (n=62) were female (n=42; 68%). Majority were emergent adults ranging in age from 19 to 24 years old (n=41; 66%) and 25-30 years old with (n=13; 21%). Most participants (n=43; 70%) indicated that they used social media (e.g., Twitter) to find out health information. Surprisingly, however, participants are quite skeptical of the health information through microblogs and believe that this information lacks trustworthiness (n=32; 51%). This project provides preliminary insight into the use of microblogs to access health care information and the perceived trustworthiness. Further elaboration on this study could help find the cause of this mistrust and help to develop a strategy to improve the trustworthiness of microblogs information. 




Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Anup Kathet

Institution: University of Nebraska at Kearney

Type: Poster

Subject: Interdisciplinary Studies

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 8
Date/Time: Tue 5:00pm-6:00pm
Session Number: 5502