About this Research Topic
This Research Topic welcomes contributions from a range of conceptual and methodological approaches to spotlight and tackle health misinformation, a concern that poses greater risk than ever in thwarting the effectiveness of both large-scale public health campaigns, and smaller, community-led initiatives aimed at reducing health disparities. Ultimately, the Research Topic hopes to provide a comprehensive understanding of the prevalence, nature, and impact of health misinformation and of what strategies may best be applied to mitigate its negative influence on health behaviors.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
• conceptualizations/theoretical models of health misinformation
• effects studies examining the impact of health misinformation
• research examining the impact of corrective messaging to combat health misinformation
• research on health misinformation across platforms/channels of communication
• the impact of health misinformation on diverse populations
• individual/psychosocial differences in susceptibility to health misinformation
• research on methodological approaches for identifying online health misinformation (e.g., machine learning and content analysis)
• cross-cultural analyses of health misinformation
• political/partisan components of health misinformation
• content-related studies and/or effects investigations.
We welcome contributions from a range of specializations, including:
• health communication
• risk communication
• information seeking
• public health
• political communication
• political science
• computer science.
Keywords: misinformation, health communication, social media, corrective messaging, information seeking, risk communication, disinformation
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.