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The spread of false or misleading health information, now a major public health concern, has become more pronounced in the last two decades with the help of the social media ecosystem and has been highlighted most recently by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although many consequences of misinformation are immediately apparent, it also carries with it the danger of more insidious effects. With this in mind, and with more and more people turning to the internet in search of health information, misinformation requires greater action from those working in public health research, policy and practice.
We published research on:
- Assess health misinformation trends and prevalence
- Understand the interactive mechanisms and factors that make it possible to spread health misinformation through social media
- Determine the impact of social media tools in the dissemination of health misinformation and on the development and reproduction of unhealthy or dangerous behaviors
- Assess which strategies are best in combating and reducing the negative impact of health misinformation
- Determine how individuals interact with health misinformation online
- Understand psychological drivers on susceptibility to misinformation
- Explore the characteristics of vulnerable populations to misinformation
- Understand how misinformation exacerbates cyberchondria and other mental health problems
- Understand misinformation in global health crises
- Investigate the impact of misleading research on policy decisions
- Understand how health research and policy can be used to minimize harms from misinformation
- Propose approaches, tools and innovations in knowledge translation to provide reliable and quality information to meet policy and public needs
- BMC Public Health
- Health Research Policy and Systems
- BMC Nutrition
- Journal of Public Health Policy
- BMC Psychology
- BMC Medical Ethics