Social question answering (SQA) services are dedicated platforms for users to respond to other users’ questions, rate and comment on questions and answers, and build community. In this study, we analyze health-care SQA services to understand the extent to which they are prevalent in health-care social media. First, we compare blogs, videos, and SQA services in five popular health-care social media sites using three media richness features: interactivity, adaptiveness, and channel capacity. Second, we interpretively analyze SQA services using five themes of Medicine 2.0: social networking, participation, collaboration, apomediation, and openness. The result supports SQA services as an effective media for health-care communication and empowerment of users. We present our findings for consumers and decision-makers to understand the role of SQA services for improving user-centered services.
|Title of host publication||Contemporary Consumer Health Informatics|
|Editors||Nilmini Wickramasinghe, Indrit Troshani, Joseph Tan|
|Place of Publication||Switzerland|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Name||Healthcare Delivery in the Information Age|
JOHN, B., Gururajan, R., & Wickramasinghe, N. (2016). The Prevalence of Social Question Answering in Health-Care Social Media. In N. Wickramasinghe, I. Troshani, & J. Tan (Eds.), Contemporary Consumer Health Informatics (pp. 235-251). (Healthcare Delivery in the Information Age). Switzerland: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25973-4_12