Searching for health: the topography of the first page [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Ethics and Information Technology 13 (3):227-240 (2011)
Members of the lay public are turning increasingly to the internet to answer health-related questions. Some authors suggest that the widespread availability of online health information has dislodged medical knowledge from its traditional institutional base and enabled a growing role for alternative or previously unrecognized health perspectives and ‘lay health expertise’. Others have argued, however, that the organization of information retrieved from influential search engines, particularly Google, has merely intensified mainstream perspectives because of the growing consolidation of the internet with traditional, commercial media sources. In this paper we describe an analysis of ‘first page’ results retrieved through Google searches about several common health concerns, each of which has been the subject of controversy as a result of uncertain aetiology, diagnoses, outcomes and/or contested approaches to treatment. Our findings suggest that the online search tactics used by most lay health information seekers produce sources of information that, for the most part, reflect mainstream biomedical discourses, often linked to commercial interests, rather than a plurality of voices that offer a variety of perspectives and resources. We discuss the implications for health-interested internet searchers who fail to look beyond the ‘first page’
|Keywords||Consumer health information Health information-seeking Internet Medicalization Search engine Social construction of health|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Geoffrey C. Bowker & Susan Leigh Star (2001). Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences. Journal of the History of Biology 34 (1):212-214.
Lucas D. Introna (2007). Maintaining the Reversibility of Foldings: Making the Ethics (Politics) of Information Technology Visible. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 9 (1):11-25.
Dag Elgesem (2008). Search Engines and the Public Use of Reason. Ethics and Information Technology 10 (4):233-242.
Diane E. Hoffmann & Anita J. Tarzian (2001). The Girl Who Cried Pain: A Bias Against Women in the Treatment of Pain. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 28 (s4):13-27.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Jonny Anomaly (2011). Public Health and Public Goods. Public Health Ethics 4 (3):251-259.
Mary Jiang Bresnahan & Kevin Mahler (2010). Ethical Debate Over Organ Donation in the Context of Brain Death. Bioethics 24 (2):54-60.
Anita L. Allen (2011). Commercial Speech Bruises Health Privacy in the Supreme Court. Hastings Center Report 41 (6):8-9.
Daniel M. Hausman, Yukiko Asada & Thomas Hedemann (2002). Health Inequalities and Why They Matter. Health Care Analysis 10 (2):177-191.
Katharine Kolcaba (1994). Health Maintenance as Responsibility for Self. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 1 (2):19-24.
John Owens & Alan Cribb (2012). Conflict in Medical Co-Production: Can a Stratified Conception of Health Help? [REVIEW] Health Care Analysis 20 (3):268-280.
Erik Gustavsson (2013). From Needs to Health Care Needs. Health Care Analysis (1):1-14.
Matt Commers (2002). Determinants of Health: Theory, Understanding, Portrayal, Policy. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Jozsef Kovács (1989). Concepts of Health and Disease. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 14 (3):261-267.
Lawrence O. Gostin (2001). Health Information: Reconciling Personal Privacy with the Public Good of Human Health. [REVIEW] Health Care Analysis 9 (3):321-335.
A. E. Denburg (2010). Global Child Health Ethics: Testing the Limits of Moral Communities. Public Health Ethics 3 (3):239-258.
Thomas Boysen Anker, Peter Sandøe, Tanja Kamin & Klemens Kappel (2011). Health Branding Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 104 (1):33-45.
Madison Powers & Ruth Faden (2008). Social Justice: The Moral Foundations of Public Health and Health Policy. OUP Usa.
Added to index2011-07-31
Total downloads8 ( #393,983 of 1,906,977 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #345,326 of 1,906,977 )
How can I increase my downloads?