Information & health behavior

Jul 7, 2015

I have a new article out (“early view” ahead of print) in JASIST, The role of information in health behavior: A scoping study and discussion of major public health models.

Health behaviour models are used as the foundation for many information-based public health interventions, including as ad campaigns and health practitioner messaging. However, the precise way that information works within these health behaviour models is unclear.

In this article, coauthor Joy Johnson and I review health behaviour textbooks to identify core health behaviour models, and examine them for information-related constructs and concepts. We analyze and discuss the ways information is treated within teaching texts and conceptual/predictive models of health behaviour. This article begins to unpack the “black box” of information in models of health behaviour change, and points to ways health and information researchers and theorists can improve the science of health information behaviour.


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