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Technologies for Participatory Wellbeing: A Consumer Health Analysis of the Ongoing Scientific Debate

Technologies for Participatory Wellbeing: A Consumer Health Analysis of the Ongoing Scientific Debate
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Author(s): Serena Barello (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy), Julia Menichetti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy) and Guendalina Graffigna (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 23
Source title: Health Care Delivery and Clinical Science: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3926-1.ch004

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Abstract

The participatory health revolution is shaping consumers' health behaviors that are increasingly influence by people's desire to play an active role in promoting a positive life functioning. Technologies are addressing the emerging needs of the participatory health, as they favor a proactive users' attitude. This chapter describes the results of a software-assisted quali-quantitative study aimed at exploring the scientific debate about technological interventions for wellbeing in the era of participatory health. Based on the study's results, technologies for wellbeing in the participatory health era may be clustered depending on the “context of delivery,” on their degree of personalization,” and on their inner “conceptualization of positive interventions”. According to a consumer health engagement perspective, those technologies are not mutually exclusive but can coexist based on the specific wellness needs and health engagement expectations of their users.

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