An argument for using participatory approaches for the design of online health interventions targeted at young women

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The Internet is becoming an increasingly important portal to health information and means for promoting health in user populations. As the most frequent users of online health information, young women are an important target population for e-health promotion interventions. Health-related websites have traditionally been generic in design, resulting in poor user engagement and affecting limited impacts on health behaviour change. Mounting evidence suggests that the most effective health promotion communication strategies are collaborative in nature, fully engaging target users throughout the development process. Participatory design approaches to interface development enable researchers to better identify the needs and expectations of users, thus increasing user engagement in, and promoting behaviour change via, online health interventions. This article introduces participatory design methods applicable to online health intervention design and presents an argument for the use of such methods in the development of e-Health applications targeted at young women.

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Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2010
EventHC2010 Health Informatics Congress - Birmingham, United Kingdom

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ConferenceHC2010 Health Informatics Congress
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBirmingham
Period27/04/1029/04/10

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?C?r?e?a?t?i?v?e ?C?o?m?m?o?n?s?: ?A?t?t?r?i?b?u?t?i?o?n

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  • participatory design, e-health promotion, paper prototyping, PICTIVE

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