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The Promise and Challenge of eHealth Interventions

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Objective: To discuss how health behavior researchers can use the Internet to study and intervene on health behavior. Methods: Describe how the Internet is increasingly able to offer a viable medium for health behavior intervention and the challenges and opportunities inherent in conducting online interventions and research. Results: The challenges of eHealth include coping with the additional demands of development, finding ways to reach “hard-to-reach” audiences, and maintaining privacy and security while monitoring participant use. Conclusions: Health behavior researchers and interventionists need to learn to apply eHealth tools to extend their ability to study and influence health behavior.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 2: College of Health and Human Performance, Co-Director, Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Publication date: November 1, 2002

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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