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dc.contributor.advisorKirwan, Grainne
dc.contributor.authorAiken, Mary
dc.identifier.citationAiken, M. (2011). Prognoses for diagnoses: Medical search online and “Cyberchondria by proxy”. Institute of Art, Design and Technologyen_US
dc.description.abstractThe Internet is a source of valuable medical information, however the Web has the potential to increase anxiety when employed as a diagnostic procedure. This study seeks to identify motivation behind health related search online. A new distinct cohort has emerged, those who experience anxiety when conducting health related search for others; “cyberchondria by proxy” (CbP). The mixed design research methodology consists of focus groups (N=20) and case histories (N=2). Results indicate that health-related search behaviour is impacted by technology, gains are evident, additionally there is a significant positive correlation between those who search for self, and for others, that is cyberchondria, and CbP. This finding is relevant for healthcare professionals, particularly regarding patient care and management.en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.subjectWeb, Medical information, Health, Anxiety, Cyberchondriaen_US
dc.titlePrognoses for diagnoses: Medical search online and “Cyberchondria by proxy”en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationInstitute of Art, Design and Technologyen_US
dc.subject.departmentMSc in Cyberpsychologyen_US

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