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Counteracting Online Health Misinformation

Counteracting Online Health Misinformation
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Author(s): Mahshid Ebrahimi (Independent Researcher, Germany)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 12
Source title: Information Manipulation and Its Impact Across All Industries
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Maryam Ebrahimi (Independent Researcher, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8235-0.ch005


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The use of internet and new media technologies provide new ways of communicating and online searching for health information. False health-related information as a result of the lack of reliable scientific sources is intentionally or unintentionally created and disseminated and can have negative effects on people's health. The purpose of this study is to identify strategies for counteracting online health misinformation from the perspective of health professionals using content analysis approach. From the analysis, strategies for dealing with the effects of misinformation include training of health staff at all levels, improving public awareness, and filtering or fact-checking. It is revealed that the most important way to cope with health misinformation in cyberspace is to enhance public awareness, which can reduce its detrimental impact to a great extent.

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