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Title: Toward an extended infodemiology framework : leveraging social media data and web search queries as digital pulse on cancer communication
Authors: Lee, Edmund Wei Jian
Bekalu, Mesfin A.
McCloud, Rachel F.
Viswanath, K.
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Lee, E. W. J., Bekalu, M. A., McCloud, R. F. & Viswanath, K. (2021). Toward an extended infodemiology framework : leveraging social media data and web search queries as digital pulse on cancer communication. Health Communication.
Project: M020060110
Journal: Health Communication
Abstract: This study aims to extend the infodemiology framework by postulating that effective use of digital data sources for cancer communication should consider four components: (a) content: key topics that people are concerned with, (b) congruence: how interest in cancer topics differ between public posts (i.e., tweets) and private web searches, (c) context: the influence of the information environment, and (d) information conduits. We compared tweets (n = 36, 968) and Google web searches on breast, lung, and prostate cancer between the National Cancer Prevention Month and a non-cancer awareness month in 2018. There are three key findings. First, reliance on public tweets alone may result in lost opportunities to identify potential cancer misinformation detected from private web searches. Second, lung cancer tweets were most sensitive to external information environment - tweets became substantially pessimistic after the end of cancer awareness month. Finally, the cancer communication landscape was largely democratized, with no prominent conduits dominating conversations on Twitter.
ISSN: 1041-0236
DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2021.1951957
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Health Communication on 16 Jul 2021, available online:
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