Special Issue "Digital Trust Formation in Relation to Health Information"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Digital Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Laura Sbaffi
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Guest Editor
Information School, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DP, UK
Interests: trust formation in health information; information literacy; public health; health information overload
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Dr. Frances Johnson
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Guest Editor
Journalism, Information and Communications, Department of Languages, Information and Communications, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M15 6BH, UK
Interests: trust formation in health information; information literacy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Health information is one of the most frequent subjects of online information seeking, even more so after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic which began in December 2019. Searching for health information online is easy and convenient, but is it trustworthy? The evaluation tools available to assess this key aspect of health-related information are varied and have been further developed in the last 10 years or so. However, the amount of digital information is multiplying at a rate faster than ever before and, while on the one hand it offer opportunities for health education, on the other, a matching proliferation of misinformation can lead to potentially devastating consequences for users. It is crucial to understand how people discriminate among the information searched and retrieved and how they determine which results are trustworthy and which are to be discarded. Trust formation in health information seeking has been the focus of a considerable body of research over the years, but relatively few studies have considered how trust is affected at times of health crisis such as the one we are navigating at present. Papers addressing these topics are welcomed for this Special Issue, especially those combining a high academic standard coupled with a practical focus on public health.

Dr. Laura Sbaffi
Dr. Frances Johnson
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • health information
  • information-seeking behaviour
  • information evaluation
  • trust formation
  • relevance judgements
  • information literacy

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Perceptions and Patterns of Cigarette and E-Cigarette Use among Hispanics: A Heterogeneity Analysis of the 2017–2019 Health Information National Trends Survey
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6378; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18126378 - 12 Jun 2021
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There are documented disparities in smoking behaviors among Hispanic adults in the U.S., but little is known about patterns of e-cigarette use. Using data from the HINTS 5 cycle 1–3, we examined cigarette and e-cigarette history and current use, as well as perceptions [...] Read more.
There are documented disparities in smoking behaviors among Hispanic adults in the U.S., but little is known about patterns of e-cigarette use. Using data from the HINTS 5 cycle 1–3, we examined cigarette and e-cigarette history and current use, as well as perceptions of the dangers of e-cigarette use relative to cigarette use. Primary predictors were Hispanic ethnic group, gender, age, education, income, and English language proficiency. Binary outcomes were modeled using the logit link, and multinomial outcome variables were modeled using generalized logit model. Fifty-three percent of participants were Mexican, 8% Puerto Rican, 4% were Cuban, and 35% identified as other Hispanics. Of the 1618 respondents, 23% were former cigarette smokers and 10% were current cigarette smokers. Twenty percent reported history of electronic cigarettes and 4% reported current use. In multivariable models, Hispanic women were significantly less likely to report ever being smokers compared to Hispanic men (aOR = 0.61, 95% CI = 0.42, 0.88). Puerto Ricans were 2.4 times as likely to report being current smokers (95% CI = 1.11, 5.11) compared to Mexicans. Among Hispanics, significant differences in e-cigarette and cigarette use behaviors emerged by gender, age, ethnicity, and cancer history, with implications for tailoring smoking prevention and cessation messages. Full article
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