Digital Public Health
Digital health is a growing area to support people to maintain or improve their health and well-being. Our research area’s approach to digital health looks at exploring how aspects of this can be used to support research (e.g. accurate measurement, versatile data collection, support evaluation of interventions, social media linked aspects) and/or support people’s health and wellbeing (e.g. around physical activity). Work in this theme includes the design and evaluation of digital applications (apps) for tracking of health and behaviour, consideration of the ethical implications of digital data collection; use of innovative participatory approaches to digital data collection and evaluation of the use of social media for health information and support. We also explore how we can use mixed methods to support data collection from social media, for example to allow us to understand and make recommendations around the dissemination of new public health research with a view to increasing impact.
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