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Interactive Journal of Medical Research

Sara Della Rosa, Falguni Sen
BACKGROUND: Social network sites (SNSs) are being increasingly used to exchange health information between patients and practitioners, pharmaceutical companies, and research centers. Research contributions have explored the contents of such exchanges discussed online. They have categorized the topics discussed and explored the engagement levels of these discussions. OBJECTIVE: This research aimed at investigating the potential role of SNSs in health care. Specifically it provides an information-clustering analysis of the health information available on SNSs and develops a research design that allows an investigation of this information in enhancing health care research and delivery...
February 11, 2019: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Andrzej Potemkowski, Waldemar Brola, Anna Ratajczak, Marcin Ratajczak, Jacek Zaborski, Elżbieta Jasińska, Anna Pokryszko-Dragan, Ewa Gruszka, Marta Dubik-Jezierzańska, Aleksandra Podlecka-Piętowska, Monika Nojszewska, Krystyna Gospodarczyk-Szot, Adam Stępień, Katarzyna Gocyła-Dudar, Marzena Maciągowska-Terela, Jacek Wencel, Radosław Kaźmierski, Alina Kułakowska, Katarzyna Kapica-Topczewska, Witold Pawełczak, Halina Bartosik-Psujek
BACKGROUND: The internet is a source of knowledge and medium widely used in services that facilitate access to information and networking. Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients find the possibility of acquiring information relating to their condition particularly rewarding. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to identify Polish MS patients' preferences by analyzing a percentage of internet users and determining the most common search subjects and patients' approach to information on the internet...
February 1, 2019: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Jeffrey M Beckett, Marie-Louise Bird, Jane K Pittaway, Kiran Dk Ahuja
BACKGROUND: There is currently no scientific evidence supporting the use of specific diets in the management of multiple sclerosis (MS); the strongest dietary associations are observed with vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acid supplementation. Despite this, there are many websites that provide advice or suggestions about using various dietary approaches to control symptoms or disease progression. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the dietary advice for the symptomatic management of MS available on the internet...
January 9, 2019: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Jonathan Duc Vinh Vo, Alexander M Gorbach
BACKGROUND: Patient journals have been used as valuable resources in clinical studies. However, the full potential value of such journals can be undermined by inefficiencies and ambiguities associated with handwritten patient reports. The increasing number of mobile phones and mobile-based health care approaches presents an opportunity to improve communications from patients to clinicians and clinical researchers through the use of digital patient journals. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this project was to develop a smartphone-based platform that would enable patients to record events and symptoms on the same timeline as clinical data collected by wearable sensors...
January 3, 2019: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Alison Ruth McKinlay, Leone Lorna Ridsdale
BACKGROUND: Web-based media, particularly social networking sites (SNSs), are a source of support for people with long-term conditions, like epilepsy. Living with epilepsy can reduce opportunities for accessing information and social support owing to transportation difficulties and stigma leading to self-isolation. However, some people with epilepsy (PWE) overcome these barriers using SNSs and other Web-based media. At present, little is known about Web-based identity and self-presentation of PWE; this study aims to address this gap...
December 21, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Maria Zimmermann, Regina Jucks
BACKGROUND: According to the language expectancy theory and the communication accommodation theory, health information seekers' trust evaluations of Web-based videos are determined by interplays between content and seekers' expectations on vloggers' appropriate language use in specific contexts of Web-based communication. OBJECTIVES: Two investigations focused on differences both between vloggers' language styles and between users' general trust in specific Web-based platforms to investigate how the context of Web-based communication can be characterized (research question, RQ1)...
December 21, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Erica Francis, Alicia Marie Hoke, Jennifer Lynn Kraschnewski
BACKGROUND: Childhood overweight and obesity health concerns can affect a student's academic performance, so it is important to identify resources for school nurses that would help to improve self-efficacy, knowledge, and confidence when approaching parents with sensitive weight-related information and influence overall obesity prevention efforts in the school setting. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to conduct a Pennsylvania (PA) state-wide 29-item survey addressing school nursing barriers and practices, supplementing information already known in this area...
December 21, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Ross Murtagh, Davina Swan, Eileen O'Connor, Geoff McCombe, John S Lambert, Gordana Avramovic, Walter Cullen
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major cause of chronic liver disease and death. Injection drug use is now one of the main routes of transmission of HCV in Ireland and globally with an estimated 80% new infections occurring among people who inject drugs (PWID). OBJECTIVE: We aimed to examine whether patients receiving opioid substitution therapy in primary care practices in Ireland were receiving guideline-adherent care regarding HCV screening...
December 19, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Rachel Fogel, Megan Comerford, Prianka Chilukuri, Eric Orman, Naga Chalasani, Craig Lammert
BACKGROUND: Concurrent autoimmune illnesses contribute to increased medical burden and reduced quality of life in patients with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH). The frequency of coexisting autoimmune conditions among North American patients with AIH and their families remains incomplete. Challenges associated with disease capture in the electronic medical record, high study costs, and geographic spread of patients are formidable barriers to understanding the extent of concurrent autoimmune conditions in these groups...
December 19, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Ahmed Hussein Subki, Hatan Hisham Mortada, Mohammed Saad Alsallum, Ali Taleb Alattas, Mohammed Ali Almalki, Muhab Mohammed Hindi, Siham Hussein Subki, Wesam Awad Alhejily
BACKGROUND: Providing basic life support (BLS) at the site of an accident is crucial to increase the survival rates of the injured people. It is especially relevant when health care is far away. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study is to assess the BLS knowledge level of the Saudi Arabian population and identify influencing factors associated with level of knowledge about BLS. METHODS: Our study is a cross-sectional descriptive study, which was conducted using a self-administered online questionnaire derived from the BLS practice test...
November 28, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Jun Zhou, Dane Bell, Sabrina Nusrat, Melanie Hingle, Mihai Surdeanu, Stephen Kobourov
BACKGROUND: Software designed to accurately estimate food calories from still images could help users and health professionals identify dietary patterns and food choices associated with health and health risks more effectively. However, calorie estimation from images is difficult, and no publicly available software can do so accurately while minimizing the burden associated with data collection and analysis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the accuracy of crowdsourced annotations of calorie content in food images and to identify and quantify sources of bias and noise as a function of respondent characteristics and food qualities (eg, energy density)...
November 5, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Jill Martens, Guido de Jong, Maroeska Rovers, Gert Westert, Ronald Bartels
BACKGROUND: The publication rate of neurosurgical guidelines has increased tremendously over the past decade; however, only a small proportion of clinical decisions appear to be based on high-quality evidence. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to evaluate the evidence available within neurosurgery and its value within clinical practice according to neurosurgeons. METHODS: A Web-based survey was sent to 2552 neurosurgeons, who were members of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies...
October 12, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Annie T Chen, Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Ronald W Buie, Albert Park, Mike Conway
BACKGROUND: In recent years, there has been an increase in the utilization of complementary and integrative health (CIH) care, and an increase in information-seeking behavior focused on CIH. Thus, understanding the quality of CIH information that is available on the internet is imperative. Although there have been a limited number of studies evaluating the quality of websites providing information about specific CIH-related topics, a broad evaluation of CIH websites has not been conducted...
October 10, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Norina Gasteiger, Rebecca Grainger, Karen Day
BACKGROUND: People with arthritis are increasingly seeking support online, particularly for information about social role participation while experiencing symptoms of chronic arthritis. Social media enables peer-to-peer support on how serious leisure (eg, hobbies such as quilting) can be adapted to allow participation. Research is needed to understand what type of peer support is provided online and how this support occurs. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to explore what kind of support is offered by fellow hobbyists (with or without arthritis) in response to requests for advice in a social media group...
October 3, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Daryl Nault, Ariel Beccia, Haruka Ito, Sarah Kashdan, Angela Senders
BACKGROUND: Dietary supplements are the most used complementary and alternative health modality in the United States, and omega-3 supplements continue to be the most popularly used nonvitamin or nonmineral supplements by adults. Users of dietary supplements report that they obtain health guidance from internet media resources, but there is question as to whether or not these resources provide the necessary evidence to guide health decisions. Current evidence suggests that there is a mistranslation occurring somewhere between researchers and the media...
October 1, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Sami Omar Amawi, Ahmed Hussein Subki, Hazim Abdulkarim Khatib, Omer Sameer Alkhateeb, Rida Hashim Fida, Omar Mohammed Saggaf, Mohammed Mohammed Jan
BACKGROUND: Excessive use of various electronic entertainment and communication devices, particularly among children, has been associated with increased behavioral problems. Despite children's escalating use of these devices, parents' awareness about the impact thereof is still lacking. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the use of electronic entertainment and communication devices among children attending a health care facility in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as well as the parental impression regarding the impact of electronic devices use on the behavior of their child...
September 6, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Mikyoung A Lee, Cha-Nam Shin, Kyungeh An
BACKGROUND: Websites are common sources of health information to stroke survivors and caregivers for continual management of stroke and its long-term sequelae. The presence of risk factors and mortality rates related to stroke are high in Korean Americans. A vast majority of this group are active Web users and rely on the Web-based information due to lack of insurance and, thus, limited access to long-term stroke care. Thus, it is critical to evaluate existing stroke websites for their trustworthiness, readability, and suitability...
July 20, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Mostin A Hu, Joy C MacDermid, Shannon Killip, Margaret Lomotan
BACKGROUND: Owing to the fact that firefighters have unique health risks, access to firefighter-specific internet-based health information is a potential mechanism for achieving better health and work outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to identify the amount and nature of health information resources available on Canadian firefighter-specific websites and the extent to which resources are consistent across websites as a surrogate indicator of diffusion of information...
July 16, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Kelly Bosak, Shin Hye Park
BACKGROUND: Social influences are a primary factor in the adoption of health behaviors. Social media platforms, such as Facebook, disseminate information, raise awareness, and provide motivation and support for positive health behaviors. Facebook has evolved rapidly and is now a part of many individuals' daily routine. The high degree of individual engagement and low attrition rate of this platform necessitate consideration for a potentially positive impact on health behavior. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to investigate the use of Facebook by adults...
June 14, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Teppei Suzuki, Tomoko Shimoda, Noriko Takahashi, Kaori Tsutsumi, Mina Samukawa, Sadako Yoshimura, Katsuhiko Ogasawara
BACKGROUND: As the onset of osteoporosis leads to reduced activities of daily living and may result in patients being bedridden, efforts to prevent decreased bone density are necessary. Various studies on the relationship between sex, age, nutrients, and exercise habits and bone mineral density have been conducted to date. However, for snowy region residents, the magnitude of influence of various factors affecting bone mineral density and the influence level have not been clarified. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to clarify the degree of influence and factors influencing bone mineral density based on survey results on health conditions and lifestyle habits in heavy snow areas...
May 22, 2018: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
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