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

Joseph, J.A., Yardley, L., Hare, Jonathan, Osmond, Adrian, Yang, Yang, Weal, Mark and Wills, Gary (2009) Application of the LifeGuide: The development and quantitative analysis of the 'Internet Doctor' At Proceedings 5th International Conference on e-Social Science, Germany.

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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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Published date: June 2009
Venue - Dates: Proceedings 5th International Conference on e-Social Science, Germany, 2009-06-01
Organisations: Web & Internet Science, Electronics & Computer Science, Electronic & Software Systems


Local EPrints ID: 267571
PURE UUID: d1782ee3-c471-4138-8151-17842e416026
ORCID for Jonathan Hare: ORCID iD
ORCID for Mark Weal: ORCID iD
ORCID for Gary Wills: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 15 Jun 2009 15:40
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:02

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Author: J.A. Joseph
Author: L. Yardley
Author: Jonathan Hare ORCID iD
Author: Adrian Osmond
Author: Yang Yang
Author: Mark Weal ORCID iD
Author: Gary Wills ORCID iD

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