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Technology and Health Outcomes

  • By: Andy J. King
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

The evolution and accessibility of new technologies provide health communicators with a growing body of dissemination tools to distribute interventions and assess relevant behavioral outcomes. Indeed, the proliferation of new technologies to a variety of consumers and researchers is occurring at a rapid pace. Similarly, research focused on information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve the delivery and effectiveness of interventions is growing. Research on electronic health (e-health) and mobile health (m-health) communication interventions provides support for the utility of these technology-oriented approaches in improving people's healthy behaviors. Additionally, research has suggested specific features of technology and technological presentation that might optimize intervention outcomes.

One of the benefits of using ICT to communicate and evaluate health interventions is the ability to further emphasize actual behavioral health ...

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