Pamela Schultz
Journal of Health Visiting, Vol. 1, Iss. 10, 15 Oct 2013, pp 582 - 588

Social media and information and communication technologies (ICTs) are ubiquitous in modern British culture, and influence patterns of communication in every sphere of life. For public health practitioners, this has created an opportunity for novel forms of working, with associated risks and benefits. However, little is known about how certain groups of public health nurses have engaged with this opportunity. This paper will share some of the findings from a small research project to complete a Master of Public Health (MPH). The project involved a qualitative study using a semi-structured email interview, drawing on a variant of grounded theory methodology proposed by Corbin and Strauss (2008) and Charmaz (2006). The study explored how one group of health visitors used ICTs in their practice, and their perceptions of ICT use. The author concludes with some recommendations and implications for practice based on the study's findings.

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