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Digital Health Humanities 

Digital Health Humanities
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Digital Health Humanities
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Kirsten Ostherr

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190918514.003.0012
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date: 06 April 2020

Digital health humanities is an emerging research method that blends critical analysis with the use of computational tools to explore research questions related to digital information and communication technologies (ICTs) in healthcare. As a method that draws from and extends the fields of digital humanities and health humanities, digital health humanities employs digital tools to conduct health humanities research focusing on ICTs as objects of inquiry within the domain of health. Through analysis of the social and technical features of digital health technologies, this method emphasizes engagement with patients, caregivers, and other research participants that use the technologies under investigation. This chapter explains how to identify research problems suitable for exploration and intervention using digital tools, gather data on the need for and appropriateness of a digital health design intervention for a specific problem or patient population, and assess the necessary social and technical features of digital ecosystems.

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