mHealth in Denmark: Findings from the web archive

Purpose: Needs include support with data collection (including parameter setting and pilot tests), cleaning and storage as well as identifying and applying relevant methods of quantitative data analysis and display. It would also be great to get guidance on legal and ethical issues.

Support Type: Project

Description: In recent years, the Danish healthcare system has undergone rapid changes and is now one of the most digitised in the world. This is in part due to the integration of mobile health (mHealth) technologies such as apps into existing healthcare services. Given the paradigmatic changes that have been taking place in healthcare provision and the profound implications for patients, healthcare professionals and institutional practices that follow, a study of the emergence of mHealth in the Danish healthcare system is both valuable and timely.

The aim of this project is to provide an overview of how mHealth has been discussed on Danish webpages over the last 10 years. It will explore two questions:
1) How did mHealth, where focus is on technology, evolve as a subbranch of eHealth where focus is more broadly on the digital?
2) How, where and by whom has mHealth been presented, discussed, promoted and problematised?

A web archive approach offers methodological advantages: due to the breadth and volume of the web, searches can help identify the most important data types and content with time tags, including from unexpected sources. Moreover, it would not be feasible to find these discussions elsewhere due to their media-specificity; discussion forums, for example, are web-specific.

Likely data types in Netarkivet will include news outlets, health institution webpages, e.g. Sundhedsstyrelsen, and open access patient discussion forums.

Support period: Autumn 2018, and Spring 2019

Project Team:

Principal investigator: Antoinette Fage-Butler, Associate Professor
Department of English Business Communication, Aarhus University

Loni Ledderer, Associate Professor
Department of Public Health, Aarhus University