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An Evidence-Based Approach

Introduction: Evaluation of IHC

Consumers & IHC Evaluation

Developers & IHC Evaluation

Policy Issues Relevant to IHC

Health Care Providers, Purchasers & IHC

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SciPICH Publications IconWired for Health and Well-Being: The Emergence of Interactive Health Communication

Editors: Thomas R. Eng, David H. Gustafson

Suggested Citation: Science Panel on Interactive Communication and Health. Wired for Health and Well-Being: the Emergence of Interactive Health Communication.  Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, US Government Printing Office, April 1999.

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Panel Members and Staff


Executive Summary

Chapter I. Introduction
Chapter II. Interactive Health Communication

Functions of IHC Applications
Factors That Impact the Adoption of IHC
Benefits and Risks of IHC
Implications of IHC for Health Professionals
Technology Trends and IHC

Chapter III.  Underlying Evidence and Science of IHC

Psychosocial Theories and Models and IHC Design
Behavior Change and IHC Design
Evidence on Impact and Effectiveness of IHC
Factors That Influence Application Design

Chapter IV.  Evaluation of IHC Applications

Types of Evaluation
Potential Benefits of Evaluation
Psychosocial Theories and Models and Evaluation of IHC
Link Between Application Development and Evaluation
Challenges of Evaluating IHC Applications
Evaluation Criteria
Standards of Evidence
Standardized Reporting of Evaluation Results

Chapter V.  Major Issues for Key Stakeholders

Health Professionals

Chapter VI.  Overview of Major Policy Issues

Privacy and Confidentiality
Oversight and Regulation
Accreditation and Certification
Public Investment in Development and Research
Payment and Reimbursement
Integration of IHC With Clinical Practice, Public Health, and the Workplace
Access to IHC

Chapter VII.  Recommendations

Roles and Responsibilities of Stakeholders
Major Strategies
Strategy 1. Strengthen Evaluation and Quality of Applications
Strategy 2. Improve Basic Knowledge and Understanding of IHC
Strategy 3. Enhance Capacity of Stakeholders to Develop and Use IHC
Strategy 4. Ensure Equitable Access to IHC for All Populations

Chapter VIII.  References


A. Evaluation Reporting Template for IHC Applications
B. Disclosure Statement (Label) for IHC Applications
C. Potential Funding Sources for IHC Development and Evaluation
D. Purchaser’s Evaluation Checklist for IHC Applications
E. Consumer’s Guide to Evaluating IHC Applications
F. Potential Activities for Clinicians in Promoting an "Information-Friendly" Practice
G. Bibliography and Glossary of IHC Terms
H. Panel and Staff Biographies

To order copies of this publication write or fax requests to the ODPHP Communication Support Center, P.O. Box 37366, Washington, DC 20013-7366; fax: 301-468-3028. Reference publication number M0019. Cost is $8 per copy.

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