Using Technology and the Internet in Research
This chapter provides practical guidance to fellow researchers on how to write a strong Internet- or other new technology-based application. Advances in technology and the Internet have provided new opportunities and alternatives for researchers to survey the health of populations, to conduct in-depth qualitative studies, and to test online interventions in order to promote health and prevent disease in populations, including virtual communities. Proposing an application using the Internet or new technology changes how one thinks about, designs and executes a research project. A strong research application will reflect familiarity with these differences, detail key advantages of using the technology, and acknowledge the key disadvantages or limitations, while proposing the strongest scientific studies. Fifteen tips on writing a strong technology-based application are provided.
KeywordsVirtual Community Good Application Online Study Online Intervention Online Research
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