Using web logs' posts to understand Arab internet users' perspectives on recent health research findings

Al-Motlaq, Mohammad A., and Mills, Jane (2015) Using web logs' posts to understand Arab internet users' perspectives on recent health research findings. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 19 (2). pp. 107-121.

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Abstract

This study explored perspectives of adult Arabs who followed health blogs and offered comments or opinions on four health research findings published by a major broadcaster in the Middle East. Thematic analysis of 67 active Arabic comments/posts revealed both positive and negative attitudes toward these research studies. Themes such as "Islam encourages science" and "Conspiracy theory" have emerged. Negative attitudes based on a culture of conspiracy can be an explanation to the poor compliance seen in the Arab world. Future recommendations are provided where it is suggested that posted comments constitute a sufficient baseline for understanding the public's opinion and should increase researchers' confidence in relying on them as a valuable source of data.

Item ID: 39206
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1539-8293
Keywords: health research, health research news, online comments/posts, public's reaction
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2015 03:56
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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