Social Media, Digital Health Literacy, and Digital Ethics in the Light of Health Equity

Rivera-Romero, Octavio; Gabarron, Elia; Miron-Shatz, Talya; Petersen, Carolyn; Denecke, Kerstin (2022). Social Media, Digital Health Literacy, and Digital Ethics in the Light of Health Equity Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2022 Thieme 10.1055/s-0042-1742503

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Objective: Social media is used in the context of healthcare, for example in interventions for promoting health. Since social media are easily accessible they have potential to promote health equity. This paper studies relevant factors impacting on health equity considered in social media interventions. Methods: We searched for literature to identify potential relevant factors impacting on health equity considered in social media interventions. We included studies that reported examples of health interventions using social media, focused on health equity, and analyzed health equity factors of social media. We identified Information about health equity factors and targeted groups. Results: We found 17 relevant articles. Factors impacting on health equity reported in the included papers were extracted and grouped into three categories: digital health literacy, digital ethics, and acceptability. Conclusions: Literature shows that it is likely that digital technologies will increase health inequities associated with increased age, lower level of educational attainment, and lower socio-economic status. To address this challenge development of social media interventions should consider participatory design principles, visualization, and theories of social sciences.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Engineering and Computer Science > Institut für Medizininformatik I4MI
BFH Centres > BFH centre for Health technologies

Name:

Rivera-Romero, Octavio;
Gabarron, Elia;
Miron-Shatz, Talya;
Petersen, Carolyn and
Denecke, Kerstin

Subjects:

Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)

ISSN:

0943-4747

Publisher:

Thieme

Language:

English

Submitter:

Kerstin Denecke

Date Deposited:

21 Jun 2022 15:57

Last Modified:

15 Aug 2022 13:53

Publisher DOI:

10.1055/s-0042-1742503

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Social media, health equity, digital health literacy, ethics, accessibility

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.17105

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/17105

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