What is it about?
The aim of this paper is to investigate medical professionals’ intentions to trust and share online health rumors. It was found that medical professionals were more likely to spread dread rumors (bad news) than wish rumors (good news). Their personal involvement determined their online rumoring behaviors.
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Why is it important?
While previous research has studied laypeople's perception of health rumors on social media, this paper presents a twist by investigating perception of online health rumors among medical experts.
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This page is a summary of: Intentions to Trust and Share Online Health Rumors: An Experiment with Medical Professionals, Computers in Human Behavior, May 2018, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2018.05.021.
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Medics have a part to play in stopping health rumours spreading on the web
Medics should be proactive in correcting health-related online misinformation.
How Health Professionals Respond To Online Health Rumors
Let's hope for better rumor mitigation strategies on the Internet.
Intentions to Trust and Share Online Health Rumors
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