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Application of the LifeGuide: The development and quantitative analysis of the 'Internet Doctor'

Joseph, J.A., Yardley, Lucy, Hare, J, Osmond, A, Yang, Yang, Weal, Mark J., Wills, Gary B. and Michie, S (2009) Application of the LifeGuide: The development and quantitative analysis of the 'Internet Doctor' At 5th International Conference on e-Social Science, Germany. 24 - 26 Jun 2009.

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LifeGuide is a software package that allows health professionals and researchers
with no programming skills to easily and flexibly create, evaluate and modify behavioural
interventions. An intervention called the ‘Internet Doctor’ was developed as a way of
identifying many of the tools that were required in LifeGuide. The ‘Internet Doctor’ provides
people suffering from cold and flu symptoms with tailored advice for the self-care of cold and
flu symptoms. Participants were automatically randomised to one of two versions of the
website: (i) the full, ‘more interactive’ version, or, (ii) a ‘less interactive’ version which
omitted references to the Internet Doctor and links to obtain further information. Participants
who viewed the less interactive version were more likely to complete the full consultation
cycle for their selected symptom and were also more likely to consult for more symptoms
than those in the less interactive version. Few participants clicked on the optional links in the
more interactive version. It is concluded that although the more interactive version of the
website provided more information, participants did not make full use of the interactive
features which displayed this information, and did not consult for as many symptoms, so may
not have benefited from the website as much as those viewing the less interactive version.

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e-pub ahead of print date: June 2009
Venue - Dates: 5th International Conference on e-Social Science, Germany, 2009-06-24 - 2009-06-26


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Date deposited: 21 Apr 2010 14:19
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:04

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Author: J.A. Joseph
Author: Lucy Yardley
Author: J Hare ORCID iD
Author: A Osmond
Author: Yang Yang
Author: Mark J. Weal ORCID iD
Author: Gary B. Wills ORCID iD
Author: S Michie

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