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Why we need more than just randomized controlled trials to establish the effectiveness of online social networks for health behavior change

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Corneel VandelanotteCorneel Vandelanotte, C Maher
Despite their popularity and potential to promote health in large populations, the effectiveness of online social networks (e.g., Facebook) to improve health behaviors has been somewhat disappointing. Most of the research examining the effectiveness of such interventions has used randomized controlled trials (RCTs). It is asserted that the modest outcomes may be due to characteristics specific to both online social networks and RCTs. The highly controlled nature of RCTs stifles the dynamic nature of online social networks. Alternative and ecologically valid research designs that evaluate online social networks in real-life conditions are needed to advance the science in this area.

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Volume

30

Issue

2

Start Page

74

End Page

76

Number of Pages

3

eISSN

2168-6602

ISSN

0890-1171

Location

United States

Publisher

American Journal of Health Promotion

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

American journal of health promotion.

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