The impact of new technologies on health knowledge and behavior: Evidence from Kenya, Uganda, and the United States Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Masters, Samuel
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management
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  • New technologies have the potential to dramatically change health behavior in both high- and low-income countries. Increasingly, researchers and practitioners have begun to design interventions that leverage the benefits of these new technologies to improve health. These programs attempt to help individuals overcome a number of different barriers to desirable health behaviors. I explore three technologies and their impact on health behavior: oral HIV self-tests, web-based weight loss programs, and mobile phones. Oral HIV self-tests are HIV tests that can be conducted by the tester themselves, confidentially, and only requires swabbing the mouth for oral fluid. The web-based weight loss program is an interactive web portal that provides users with weight loss tips and allows users to input metrics to benchmark progress. Mobile phones are now ubiquitous, but little is understood about how their rapid expansion over the past 20 years has impacted health. I examine the effect of each of these technologies on specific health behaviors and explore heterogeneity in their utilization. I use a different dataset to examine each technology and utilize advanced econometric modeling to account for endogeneity of technology adoption.
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  • Trogdon, Justin
  • Stearns, Sally
  • Paul, John
  • Thirumurthy, Harsha
  • Tate, Deborah
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  • Doctor of Public Health
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017
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