Modeling the socially intelligent communication of health information to a patient's personal social network

Wendy Moncur, Ehud Reiter, Judith Masthoff, Alex Carmichael

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    11 Citations (Scopus)


    This study examined how emotional proximity and gender affect people's information requirements when someone that they know is chronically or critically ill. In an online study, participants were asked what information they would want to receive about members of their social network in three categories: someone who was very close, someone who was not so close, and someone who was not close at all. Our results show that the information that people want can be predicted from their gender and emotional proximity to the network member. The closer the relationship with the patient, the more information people want. Women want more information than men. We propose a model for the socially intelligent communication of health information across the social network, and discuss areas for its application.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)319-325
    Number of pages7
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


    • Human factors
    • medical information systems
    • modeling
    • personal communication networks
    • SIZE
    • CARE
    • STRESS
    • LIFE

    Research Output

    • 11 Citations
    • 1 Conference contribution

    Situational ethics: re-thinking approaches to formal ethics requirements for Human-Computer Interaction

    Munteanu, C., Molyneaux, H., Moncur, W., Romero, M., O'Donnell, S. & Vines, J., Apr 2015, CHI 2015: proceedings of the 33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, p. 105-114 10 p.

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  • 45 Citations (Scopus)

    Student Theses

    A Model for the Provision of Adaptive eHealth Information Across the Personal Social Network

    Author: Moncur, W., 2011

    Supervisor: Reiter, E. (External person) (Supervisor) & Masthoff, J. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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