Digital Inclusion & Health Communication: A Rapid Review of Literature

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Abstract

Information and communication technologies can be a valuable tool for enhancing health communication. However, not everyone is utilising the wide suite of digital opportunities. This disparity has the potential to exacerbate existing social and health inequalities, particularly among vulnerable groups such as those who are in poor health and the elderly. This review aimed to systematically identify the common barriers to, and facilitators of, digital inclusion. A comprehensive database search yielded 969 citations. Following screening, seven systematic reviews and three non-systematic reviews were identified. Collectively, the reviews found that physical access continues to be a barrier to digital inclusion. However, provision of access alone is insufficient, as digital ability and attitude were also potential barriers. Social support, direct user experience and collaborative learning/design were identified as key strategies to improve inclusion. These review findings provide guidance for health communication practitioners in designing and implementing effective programmes in the digital environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Communication
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 Jun 2018

Cite this

@article{5c82b42aa91440f69351e816c8ae6697,
title = "Digital Inclusion & Health Communication: A Rapid Review of Literature",
abstract = "Information and communication technologies can be a valuable tool for enhancing health communication. However, not everyone is utilising the wide suite of digital opportunities. This disparity has the potential to exacerbate existing social and health inequalities, particularly among vulnerable groups such as those who are in poor health and the elderly. This review aimed to systematically identify the common barriers to, and facilitators of, digital inclusion. A comprehensive database search yielded 969 citations. Following screening, seven systematic reviews and three non-systematic reviews were identified. Collectively, the reviews found that physical access continues to be a barrier to digital inclusion. However, provision of access alone is insufficient, as digital ability and attitude were also potential barriers. Social support, direct user experience and collaborative learning/design were identified as key strategies to improve inclusion. These review findings provide guidance for health communication practitioners in designing and implementing effective programmes in the digital environment.",
author = "Kim Borg and Mark Boulet and Liam Smith and Peter Bragge",
year = "2018",
month = "6",
day = "10",
doi = "10.1080/10410236.2018.1485077",
language = "English",
pages = "1--9",
journal = "Health Communication",
issn = "1041-0236",
publisher = "Routledge",

}

Digital Inclusion & Health Communication : A Rapid Review of Literature. / Borg, Kim; Boulet, Mark; Smith, Liam; Bragge, Peter.

In: Health Communication, 10.06.2018, p. 1-9.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Digital Inclusion & Health Communication

T2 - A Rapid Review of Literature

AU - Borg, Kim

AU - Boulet, Mark

AU - Smith, Liam

AU - Bragge, Peter

PY - 2018/6/10

Y1 - 2018/6/10

N2 - Information and communication technologies can be a valuable tool for enhancing health communication. However, not everyone is utilising the wide suite of digital opportunities. This disparity has the potential to exacerbate existing social and health inequalities, particularly among vulnerable groups such as those who are in poor health and the elderly. This review aimed to systematically identify the common barriers to, and facilitators of, digital inclusion. A comprehensive database search yielded 969 citations. Following screening, seven systematic reviews and three non-systematic reviews were identified. Collectively, the reviews found that physical access continues to be a barrier to digital inclusion. However, provision of access alone is insufficient, as digital ability and attitude were also potential barriers. Social support, direct user experience and collaborative learning/design were identified as key strategies to improve inclusion. These review findings provide guidance for health communication practitioners in designing and implementing effective programmes in the digital environment.

AB - Information and communication technologies can be a valuable tool for enhancing health communication. However, not everyone is utilising the wide suite of digital opportunities. This disparity has the potential to exacerbate existing social and health inequalities, particularly among vulnerable groups such as those who are in poor health and the elderly. This review aimed to systematically identify the common barriers to, and facilitators of, digital inclusion. A comprehensive database search yielded 969 citations. Following screening, seven systematic reviews and three non-systematic reviews were identified. Collectively, the reviews found that physical access continues to be a barrier to digital inclusion. However, provision of access alone is insufficient, as digital ability and attitude were also potential barriers. Social support, direct user experience and collaborative learning/design were identified as key strategies to improve inclusion. These review findings provide guidance for health communication practitioners in designing and implementing effective programmes in the digital environment.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85048368300&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/10410236.2018.1485077

DO - 10.1080/10410236.2018.1485077

M3 - Review Article

SP - 1

EP - 9

JO - Health Communication

JF - Health Communication

SN - 1041-0236

ER -