ISO: Randomized Trials

I received an email the other day containing the following question:

Are you aware of any randomized trials – in progress, or published – that examined the impact of social networking web 2.0, etc. on patient-level variables (e.g., improved rates of preventive health care, cancer screening, diabetes care, etc)?

My answer:

I haven’t done a recent literature search, but if I did, I’d start at the following sites:

http://www.ictconsequences.net/refbase/

http://www.jmir.org/search

http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/

http://www.jopm.org/

I would also look at the presenters and innovators affiliated with these organizations and events:

http://www.connected-health.org/

http://www.medicine20congress.com/ocs/index.php/med/med2011

http://www.health2con.com/

Let’s help out this researcher. Where else would you look for publications or reports of trials in progress? Please add them in the comments.

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10 Responses to “ISO: Randomized Trials”

  1. Eric says:

    Check out the journal Health Affairs: http://www.healthaffairs.org/

  2. Erica Holt says:

    NIH announced late last year a series of trials testing technology’s role in helping young adults achieve healthy weights: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2010/nhlbi-29.htm.

    Seven trials are listed. You should be able to find many of them on http://www.clinicaltrials.gov, or through the links and contacts in the news release. From what I can tell by searching, as I don’t know personally, many of the trials are not yet recruiting.

    For example:
    SMART: A Social and Mobile Weight Control Program for Young Adults: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01200459

    Choosing Healthy Options in College Environments and Settings (CHOICES): http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01134783

  3. Marcela Musgrove says:

    From my Consumer Health informatics class:
    Evaluation of an Internet Support Group for Women
    with Primary Breast Cancer by Andrew J. Winzelberg et al 2002

    Health related virtual communities and electronic support groups:
    systematic review of the effects of online peer to peer interactions Gunther Eysenbach et al BMJ VOLUME 328 15 MAY 2004

  4. Susannah Fox says:

    More input from Twitter, since I can’t seem to get some folks to make the jump:

    Patricia Levi, aka @songuest, wrote:

    Look at JAMIA https://www.amia.org/mbrcenter/pubs/jamia

    or CIN: http://www.nursingcenter.com/library/journalissue.asp?Journal_ID=54020&Issue_ID=1145187

    Another vote came in for clinicaltrials.gov from Dianne Rees, aka @Callooh:

    Wld actually try the clinicaltrials.gov database….http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=social+media

  5. Dyanne Cano says:

    I am working on a graduate thesis examining mobile messaging efforts for teens of color with Type 2 diabetes, and I think these resources may be helpful for your needs:

    CDC’s social media toolkit with good references at the end
    http://www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/ToolsTemplates/SocialMediaToolkit_BM.pdf

    Online social networking by patients with diabetes: a qualitative evaluation of communication with Facebook
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20945113

    What social media offers to health professionals and citizens(good references at the end)
    http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/87/8/09-066712/en/

    A really helpful database
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

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