A sociological study of patients' use of digital media

  • Petersen, Alan (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Anderson, Alison (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Caulfield, Timothy (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This sociological project aims to determine how Australians use digital media to influence the development and availability of treatments and the sociocultural factors underlying this use. Digital media offer patients a powerful new means to manage their own health. However, the use of these media to gain access to unproven treatments may result in patient harm and a loss of public confidence in the underlying science. The intended outcome is to gain insights into this recent and fast-growing sociological phenomenon, which will provide a scientific basis for formulating public policy strategies that will ultimately ensure that healthcare resources are used efficiently and cost-effectively.
Effective start/end date23/01/1730/11/20


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$562,705.00
  • Monash University: A$19,891.00
  • University of Plymouth: A$83,400.00
  • University of Alberta: A$57,312.00