Working out content for Chinese fitness mobile apps
Researchers have used the huge Chinese mobile health market to study Chinese-language content on fitness apps, and their influence on users attitudes and usage behaviours. Data from the Chinese iTunes store suggest their health behaviour changed with the inclusion of theoretical content in the app design.
Published in the journal Health Communication, the results revealed Chinese fitness apps relied on demonstration and self-regulation-related functions for exercise behaviours.
Media campaign does not sugar-coat the risks of sweetened drinks
A cross-sectional survey has found US parents of children aged 3 to 16 years old who were exposed to a theory-driven media campaign, Get Healthy Philly, reduced their children’s consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks. Campaign exposure was also significantly associated with the belief that reduced sugary drinks decreased their risk of diabetes.
The study abstract is published in the Journal of Health Promotion.
‘Medication bias’: does it really exist?
Research published in the journal Health Communication has investigated whether medication beliefs from using the internet as an information source affects patient compliance.
The longitudinal study found patients who used the internet before their consultation reported, “to have more concerns about their medication after three weeks and six months compared to those who did not.”
Digital technology integral in youth wellbeing
Key findings from a 2018 national US survey of 14 to 22 years olds has investigated how young people are using digital resources to access and learn health information.
Sponsored by the Hopelab and Well Being Trust, the survey of more than 1,300 US youths focused on their use of online health information and found associations with mental well-being and social media use is complex.
The full report can be downloaded from Hopelab.
Men’s health study: rural influence on gender-related health information
A literature review of health information-seeking behaviour amongst rural men in Canada has found their gender influenced their health attitudes, which are culturally and socially related to living rurally.
Published in the American Journal of Men’s Health, the researchers said the study, “highlights how specific embodiments of masculinity may promote and inhibit men’s health information-seeking and positive health behaviours.”
Who said it better? Listening or reading framed messages
We have discussed loss framed messaging for consuming more fruit and vegetables. Now research has investigated differences between reading and listening to a gain or loss-framed message about fruit and vegetable intake.
The open-access study in the Journal of Health Communication is helpful to understand how to better target health interventions, with auditory gain-framed messages leading to higher intention to change participants’ healthy food consumption behaviours.
Revisiting gain-framed messages for quitting smoking
Following from our recent piece on how to help people quit smoking, a controlled study of college smokers has also found a significant interaction effect between gain-framed messages on smoking-risk perceptions.
The study investigators also found the interaction between message framing and non-narrative contexts had an indirect positive effect on attitudes to quitting smoking.
The research was published in the journal Health Communication.
Culture-specific messaging preferred for smoking in pregnancy
A preliminary study in the Journal of Communication in Healthcare has found culturally-specific messaging in social media campaigns that targets the whole community, can reduce tobacco use in pregnancy among rural Alaskan native women.
The researchers found the women preferred factual, loss-framed messages that included visual concepts on how maternal tobacco use is harmful.
Measuring eHealth literacy across the generations
US researchers have examined discrete age groups, Millennnials, Generation X, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation, to measure and understand their health literacy of electronic health information.
The researchers concluded the findings could help practitioners more efficiently direct patients to eHealth resources that are appropriate to their relative skills set. “[It] will help to inform more tailored and efficient eHealth literacy interventions that consider an individual’s perceptions of technology.”
The open-access article is published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
Narratives as a communication tool for same-sex stigma among Africans
An analysis of 56 young Africans’ narratives about same-sex attraction has found a mixture of condemnation, activist, accepting and ambivalence.
The researchers found the spectrum of attitudes in narratives can help combat sexual stigma by their persuasiveness. Published in Global Public Health, the findings suggest narratives can be used effectively for public health communication in message framing and creative ideas for same-sex advocacy in African nations.