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BACKGROUND Electronic health resources are helpful only when people are able to use them, yet there remain few tools available to assess consumers' capacity for engaging in eHealth. Over 40% of US and Canadian adults have low basic literacy levels, suggesting that eHealth resources are likely to be inaccessible to large segments of the population. Using(More)
Electronic health tools provide little value if the intended users lack the skills to effectively engage them. With nearly half the adult population in the United States and Canada having literacy levels below what is needed to fully engage in an information-rich society, the implications for using information technology to promote health and aid in health(More)
Although various criteria have been proposed for the evaluation of psychiatric classifications, there is need for an integrated paradigm. This article presents such a framework based on the principles of construct validation. Emphasis is placed on the continual interplay between theory development and empirical analyses. First, the theory formulation(More)
BACKGROUND Pre-natal and post-natal periods are times when many women actively seek health information from multiple sources, including the Internet. However, little is known about how pregnant women and mothers of young children seek and process online pediatric health information. OBJECTIVE To explore why and where mothers of young children look for(More)
BACKGROUND The Internet provides tremendous opportunities for innovative research, but few publications on the use of the Internet for recruiting study participants exist. This paper summarizes our experiences from 2 studies in which we attempted to recruit teenagers on the Internet for a questionnaire study to evaluate a smoking-cessation website. (More)
OBJECTIVE To test an interactive hypothesis that, in schizophrenia, a combination of patients' and relatives' characteristics at 1-month postdischarge from hospital (Time 1 [T1]) better predicts the level of psychotic symptoms at follow-up (Time 2 [T2]), than do the characteristics of patients or relatives alone. METHODS Male patients (n = 38) with a(More)
Health disparities are a persistent problem worldwide. A major obstacle to reducing health disparities is reliance on "consumable interventions," that is, interventions that, once used, cannot be used again. To reduce health disparities, interventions are required that can be used again and again without losing their therapeutic power, that can reach people(More)
BACKGROUND Adolescents present many challenges in providing them effective preventive services and health care. Yet, they are typically the early adopters of new technology (eg, the Internet). This creates important opportunities for engaging youths via eHealth. OBJECTIVE To describe how adolescents use technology for their health-information needs,(More)