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New communication technologies, social media, and public health 

New communication technologies, social media, and public health
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New communication technologies, social media, and public health
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Mohan J. Dutta

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199661756.003.0102
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date: 24 September 2019

This chapter examines the intersections of new communication technologies with issues, processes, and effects in public health. Based on an understanding of the social, economic, political, and cultural contexts that surround new technologies, attention is paid to the ways in which these technologies interact with the contexts in generating health effects. Furthermore, new communication technologies, specifically social media, intersect with public health issues in complex and dynamic ways, and the chapter outlines these various interactions. Attention is paid to the various forms of participation enabled by new communication technologies ranging from information gathering to offering social support to participating in health advocacy.

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