Trust in Online health Information

By IrishStudent Latest Reply 2012-07-31 07:05:17 -0500
Started 2012-03-01 08:57:10 -0600

Hi my name is Sharon and I am a masters student in University College Cork, Ireland. I am studying Applied Psychology, as part of my dissertation I am researching people's trust in online health information. This topic is very on trend and website providers, researchers, consumers and practitioners alike are all interested in how trust in this type of information is built and maintained, especially the reasons why people revisit and engage in health information websites. With this information both site providers and consumers can give/access information that will be trusted and so untrustworthy information can become more apparent, which benefits everyone.

In my survey I address the nature of people's trust in websites that they have used, connected with and perhaps participated in. The survey will be an extension to previous research from others in this area. It will be completely anonymous, no identifiable information is taken.

The completion of the study should only take 10-15 minutes. Your participation is voluntary, by clicking this survey you are consenting to participate, however after you have submitted your survey it is not able to be withdrawn.

If you would like to participate please click the link below.

Thank you.

15 replies

IrishStudent 2012-07-31 07:05:17 -0500 Report

I would like to thank all those that participated in my survey. I am currently finalising my dissertation and may go on to publish in the future. Here is an overview of my findings, please bear in mind that this is just one study, which has not been published and is still subject to academic marking.

In online situations trust has been found to impact transactions, information reliability, and use of websites. The current study focuses on long-term trust and reviews the long-term engagement factors which may facilitate it. An online survey addressing the key aspects of the third stage of the model was given to 238 participants. Results from Multiple Regression analysis indicated that when sex and age were controlled for participation made the strongest unique contribution in the model. Also unlike previous research trust in OHI was not dependent on registration on a site. There is a good basis to show that disclosure is somewhat important however it does not make a large contribution. It was found that with all measures of trust there were significant differences between visit frequencies. The findings may update the recommendations for those providing OHI, why users trust their information and that what they have not implemented on their sites which may create user mistrust.

Tess K.
Tess K. 2012-03-01 22:34:30 -0600 Report

I just tried to do this survey and it would not let me get past a certain page, everytime i hit next nothing happened, it took me to the top of the page.

Irish1951 2012-03-01 10:29:27 -0600 Report

It is almost funny that the very thing you are attempting to study is the very thing you are getting the resistance on! I am fairly new to the site and have made only a few replies. The members here are cautious and very protective of each other and our community. It is one of the reasons I feel comfortable in participating. The Administration should give prior approval and bot after the fact. Members are more likely to respond if they know it has been checked out first.

Caroltoo 2012-03-01 14:19:51 -0600 Report

Hi, Irish, I've heard others say similar things and have stated it myself a couple times. There would be so much less push-back if administration would vet, clear, and introduce professional participants before they come on site. However, the issue MAY be that at least some of these professionals just come on site without asking. It's a fairly easy site to get on; staying may be more challenging once they've broken a number of rules. Carol

jayabee52 2012-03-01 09:55:02 -0600 Report

Howdy Sharon.

Have you spoken to DiabeticConnect administrators (John Crowley, J Kate, Sloane, or Gabby?) With things like this, I like to have this OK'd with them before I'll participate.

Many of us had participated in a similiar discussion from someone from your school, but it was not done with survey monkey. She asked the questions and we answered in the discussion. And we had her check with Admin. to get the go ahead.

Please contact the Administrators (perhaps John C or J Kate would be the best) and have them post a reply here telling us you are OK. Otherwise, I cannot participate. It is a safety thing for our members!

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