The promise and challenge of eHealth interventions

Am J Health Behav. Nov-Dec 2002;26(6):494-503. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.26.6.10.


Objective: To discuss how health behavior researchers can use the Internet to study and intervene on health behavior.

Methods: Describe how the Internet is increasingly able to offer a viable medium for health behavior intervention and the challenges and opportunities inherent in conducting online interventions and research.

Results: The challenges of eHealth include coping with the additional demands of development, finding ways to reach "hard-to-reach" audiences, and maintaining privacy and security while monitoring participant use.

Conclusions: Health behavior researchers and interventionists need to learn to apply eHealth tools to extend their ability to study and influence health behavior.

MeSH terms

  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Services Research / methods*
  • Humans
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data*
  • Persuasive Communication
  • United States