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OBJECTIVE This study examined the independent effect of a patient's weight on medical students' attitudes, beliefs and interpersonal behavior toward the patient, in addition to the clinical recommendations they make for her care. DESIGN A total of 76 clinical-level medical students were randomly assigned to interact with a digital, virtual female patient(More)
The current study examined how assessments of copresence in an immersive virtual environment are influenced by variations in how much an embodied agent resembles a human being in appearance and behavior. We measured the extent to which virtual representations were both perceived and treated as if they were human via self-report, behavioral, and cognitive(More)
Hypothetical scenario methodology is commonly employed in the study of genetic susceptibility testing uptake estimation. The methodology, however, has not been rigorously assessed and sizeable gaps exist between estimated and actual uptake for tests that have recently become available. This quantitative review explores the effect of several theoretically(More)
BACKGROUND Common obesity-associated genetic variants may exert their effects through increasing eating or decreasing metabolism. Such differences might influence individual responses to obesity genetic test results. METHODS This was an experimental analogue study: 191 participants were asked to imagine they had received a genetic test result indicating(More)
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BACKGROUND Health care providers will increasingly encounter information about the genetics of obesity as genetics research progresses. PURPOSE This study explores whether information about the genetics of obesity reduces medical student stigmatization of obese patients, and how it affects rates of health behavior-related referral. METHODS One hundred(More)
The Internet is becoming an important source of information about genetics and holds promise for public health applications. However, the public has concerns about the credibility of online genetics information. We conducted a content analysis of genetics blogs (n = 94). Specifically, we assessed the prevalence of various genetics-related topics and(More)
OBJECTIVE This report reviews the literature for studies that employ immersive virtual environment technology methods to conduct experimental studies in health care communication. Advantages and challenges of using these tools for research in this area are also discussed. METHODS A literature search was conducted using the Scopus database. Results were(More)
BACKGROUND Communication of lung cancer risk information between providers and African-American patients occurs in a context marked by race-based health disparities. PURPOSE A controlled experiment assessed whether perceived physician race influenced African-American patients' (n = 127) risk perception accuracy following the provision of objective lung(More)