The current and potential future roles of the Internet in the field of health education
Wendy Lin Boman, San Jose State University, United States
San Jose State University . Awarded
This thesis investigates the current and potential future roles of the Internet as a tool for health education professionals through an exploratory multimethod examination of the perceptions and opinions of leaders and innovators in the field. The resulting insights are analyzed and discussed within the framework of the professional dialogue regarding the directions of health education for the new millennium, and recommendations are made.
Phase I consisted of a written semistructured survey. Phase I data revealed that health educators were using the Internet as a tool for communication, collaboration, finding information, and sharing information. Phase II consisted of in-depth interviews with opinion leaders. Phase II data revealed that opinion leaders agree that the Internet will play an increasing role in health education over the next 10 years, and revealed advantages and risks to this potential future role. A validation phase was planned but was not successfully implemented.
Boman, W.L. The current and potential future roles of the Internet in the field of health education. Master's thesis, San Jose State University.
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