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Committed to Health: Key Factors to Improve Users’ Online Engagement through Facebook

Mediterranean Research Center of Economy and Sustainable Development (CIMEDES), Department of Economics and Business, University of Almeria, Crta Sacramento s/n, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(6), 1814; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17061814
Received: 26 January 2020 / Revised: 7 March 2020 / Accepted: 8 March 2020 / Published: 11 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Health Communication and Informatics)
Health organizations, continuously exposed to public scrutiny due to the social relevance of the services provided, have adopted social media to disseminate information about health but also about themselves, and thus, reducing uncertainty and improving communication. In this context, users’ participation in social media has become one of the main indicators of their effectiveness, highlighting the importance of analyzing which factors enhance online engagement. This research extends the number of variables identified in prior studies and analyzes 19,817 Facebook posts from 126 health organizations. Using multivariate linear regression, explanatory results show that economic and organizational attributes, and factors related to the social media posts, both contribute significantly to explain the engagement reached in social media by those organizations. According to our findings, health organizations are not taking enough advantage of social media to engage with their current and potential users. The dissemination of relevant information using visually attractive formats could help draw the attention of consumers, both to reach a higher commitment with the organization and to create value for society. View Full-Text
Keywords: health communication; health organization; management; social media; Facebook; engagement health communication; health organization; management; social media; Facebook; engagement
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Alonso-Cañadas, J.; Galán-Valdivieso, F.; Saraite-Sariene, L.; Caba-Pérez, C. Committed to Health: Key Factors to Improve Users’ Online Engagement through Facebook. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1814. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17061814

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Alonso-Cañadas J, Galán-Valdivieso F, Saraite-Sariene L, Caba-Pérez C. Committed to Health: Key Factors to Improve Users’ Online Engagement through Facebook. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(6):1814. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17061814

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Alonso-Cañadas, Juana, Federico Galán-Valdivieso, Laura Saraite-Sariene, and Carmen Caba-Pérez. 2020. "Committed to Health: Key Factors to Improve Users’ Online Engagement through Facebook" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 6: 1814. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17061814

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