Posts Tagged ‘internet’

Australia leads the world in e-Mental Health

March 14, 2013

Special Issue e-Mental Health

From Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

The Internet and related technologies are here to stay and have opened up a ‘brave new world’, which e-mental health has eagerly embraced – especially in Australia. E-mental health refers to ‘mental health services and information delivered or enhanced through the Internet and related technologies’. Australian mental health researchers were amongst the first to realize the potential of this area. They have developed and evaluated a number of pioneering e-treatment programs and psychoeducation websites. Australia has been responsible for around half of the world’s e-mental health programs and has produced more publications on the topic over the last decade than the rest of the world put together.

In acknowledgment of Australia’s current leading position and the fast-moving pace of this area, the ANZJP invited four leading researchers to provide their perspectives on how they see this area evolving over the next 10–15 years the results are presented in this special issue. The articles included cover diverse aspects of e-mental health, but all indicate that e-mental health will grow in importance and have major implications for the whole mental health sector.

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How good is Google? The quality of Otolaryngology information on the internet

September 21, 2012

Article and accompanying podcast

From: Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

The use of the Internet to seek information about health-related topics by patients has and will continue to grow at a rapid pace. This article questions the quality of medical information a person will look at on the internet and if it is even a good idea to look up medical information on the internet. When asked in the accompanying  podcast what inspired this article, the lead author replied “the amount of patients that I had met with and had pre-opted for surgery who had said I’ve looked this up and brought in information, had brought in print-outs from different sources they found on the internet…and I basically wanted to get a good feel for what they were looking at and what the quality of information on the sites they were looking at.”

To assess the quality of information on the internet, the authors of this article performed Google keyword searches of the ten most commonly treated otolaryngologic diseases. Once this was completed, they used a brief questionnaire to assess the quality of these websites. It was observed that none were perfect and left many questions unanswered. “The biggest thing is that the doctor just needs to stay in the loop and [the doctor] needs to be aware of the fact that the great majority of patients who come in will do their prior research of the disease even before coming to see the doctor.”

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The digital democracy of the internet and the publicity of openness

June 7, 2011

A very popular blog: the internet and the possibilities of publicity

From New Media & Society

This article outlines how the mediums of traditional broadcast and the internet have different publicity possibilities. It is clear that the structure of the internet makes it particularly good at developing a publicity of openness and traditional media is better for promotions. There are ongoing celebrations over the revolutionary possibilities of the digital age. The internet seems to expand the reach of everyday citizens by allowing them to share messages with distant others in a way previously only available to the elite owners of exclusive media chan­nels.

The power of tthe internet was illustrated by the UK case that hit headlines last week, where it was reported that individuals dodged the gag on press and used Twitter to reveal the suspected identity of the premier UK footballer who enforced a super injunction over an alleged affair to be Ryan Giggs.  The message spread like wildfire and millions of people engaged in the circulation of the news. Exploring publicity raises important questions about digital democracy.

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