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e-Health Unit

Research Department of Primary Care and
Population Health

Upper Third Floor

UCL Medical School (Royal Free Campus)

Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF

For all enquiries please contact:

Orla O'Donnell
Telephone 020 7794 0500 extn 36747
E-mail o.odonnell@ucl.ac.uk

How to find us

E-Health Unit

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Background

The e-Health Unit was established by Elizabeth Murray in 2003 to explore the use of new information and communication technologies, such as the Internet or mobile phones, to improve health and health care. It is now one of the foremost e-Health units internationally, with a strong multi-disciplinary focus and expertise across a wide range of research methods.

There are three main streams of work:
  1. We develop and evaluate interventions for the public and patients. We are currently working on interventions in three areas:  Alcohol: Our unit was involved in the development and evaluation of DownYourDrink, an online intervention for hazardous alcohol consumption. We are now researching people’s views on drinking, and the use of an online screening tool.  Sexual health: Our sexual health team develop and/or evaluate online interventions to improve sexual health (e.g. Sexunzipped, the MenSS website, SexTherapy London). We are also conducting a review of the use of digital media for sexual healthType 2 Diabetes: We have developed, and are currently evaluating, an online intervention to improve self-management in diabetes (Help-Diabetes).
  2. We have an interest in implementation of e-health and new technology in health care systems. This stream includes work on the Normalisation Process Theory (NPM peer learning group) and led to the development of the e-Health Implementation Toolkit as part of an SDO-funded grant (EH 94).
  3. Our third work stream focuses on understanding interactions between health care professionals and patients. This stream is led by Fiona Stevenson and uses qualitative research methods alongside discourse analysis and conversation analysis to better understand interactions between clinicians and patients and the likely impact of e-health interventions.

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