Journal article

News and social media: Windows into community perspectives on disinvestment

Jackie M Street, Sophie E Hennessy, Amber M Watt, Janet E Hiller, Adam G Elshaug

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT IN HEALTH CARE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2011

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study, in the context of disinvestment related health technology assessment, is to examine whether analysis of Web 2.0--commercial media output, blogs, and discussion forums--can provide an understanding of media framing, community perspectives, and the sociopolitical aspects of an entrenched technology. METHODS: Thematic analysis of relevant data from fifty-nine media articles, thirty-nine discussion forums, thirteen blogs, and three Facebook pages relating to our case study: public funding for assisted reproductive technology services. Mainstream media and community-based social media responses were compared. RESULTS: Media responses were narrow, primarily descr..

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Awarded by Australian NHMRC


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Funding Acknowledgements

This project forms part of The ASTUTE Health Study, an Australian NHMRC Project Grant (ID 565327) on which Prof. Hiller and Dr. Elshaug are Chief Investigators; Dr. Street is Associate Investigator; Ms. Watt is Senior Research Officer; Ms. Hennessy project officer. Dr. Street is funded by an NHMRC Capacity Building Grant (ID 565501). Dr. Elshaug is the recipient of a 2010-11 Harkness Fellowship from the Commonwealth Fund. The views presented here are those of the authors and should not be attributed to The Commonwealth Fund, including directors, officers, or staff.