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Online and offline relationships, trust and social capital: preliminary findings from the e-male survey in Australia(2007) Holt, Martin; Rawstorne, Patrick; Kippax, Susan; Worth, Heather; Bittman, Michael; Wilkinson, JenniferConference PaperUnlike other studies investigating online sex-seeking and HIV risk, the e-male project is the first to investigate the social aspects of men who have sex with men’s (MSM’s) online practices in relation to HIV prevention. The study has a unique focus on the social capital associated with MSM’s online and offline social networks. Here we report preliminary findings from the study, focusing on a) characteristics of MSM’s online and offline friendships, b) the overlap between online and offline friendships and c) levels of trust, reciprocity and reliability (social capital) associated with these relationships. The implications of our findings for online intervention efforts are discussed.
(2004) Frances, Maude; Treloar, CarlaConference PaperInterview data from a quantitative and qualitative research project explores how people with hepatitis C use print- and internet-based information sources. The interviews are part of a larger quantitative and qualitative research project exploring the use of print- and internet-based information sources by people with hepatitis C. Findings indicate that the internet is used by people with hepatitis C to clarify information from health professionals and to keep up with treatment developments. The poster identifies strategies used by people with hepatitis C to navigate and negotiate this changing health information environment, including means of assessing the reliability and validity of information found on the internet.
(2004) Frances, Maude; Wilson, Concepción SConference PaperThis presentation is based on interview data from a quantitative and qualitative research project exploring the use of print- and internet-based information sources by people with hepatitis C. Traditional modes of information provision within clinical encounters have been altered by public internet access to resources and information that were previously accessed almost exclusively by health professionals. A national online survey was conducted to discover how people with hepatitis C used the internet to seek information relating to their illness and how they then made use of this information. Those who responded to the survey were asked to volunteer for a follow-up, face-to-face, semi-structured interview. Twenty people, from the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia, were interviewed. Findings indicate that there is a need for greater understanding among medical and information professionals of lay capacities to collect, understand and act upon information from the internet. Unlike people who use the internet for occasional health information, many people with chronic illness develop, over time, complex strategies for accessing, evaluating and applying online information.
Shared knowledges, communications and decisions about chronic illness: Perspectives of people with hepatitis C(2004) Frances, MaudeConference PaperA quantitative and qualitative research project explores the use of print- and internet-based information sources by people with hepatitis C. Twenty participants were interviewed about their experiences of informationsharing in everyday and clinical settings, including about conditions that enable information to be exchanged, discussed and incorporated in processes of shared decision-making. In part, the interviews highlighted some obstacles to effective communication between health professionals and people with hepatitis C.