Bruce Ryan and Gemma Webster present on information avoidance and diabetes at Information Science Trends: Health Information Behavior

Next week on Monday 8th June Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Dr Bruce Ryan and Dr Gemma Webster are presenting a poster at Information Science Trends: Health Information Behavior. This free virtual event takes place over 3 days between 8th and 10th June in three 3-hour sessions. It has been organised by the European Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST).

The research presented in Bruce and Gemma‘s poster relates to a project entitled Information avoidance and diabetes. This project is concerned with behaviours that inhibit the acquisition of readily available information by those who suffer from diabetes, a chronic health condition that has major human and financial costs. In this preliminary empirical study, Bruce and Gemma have been collecting data in semi-structured interviews from young adults with diabetes, and from healthcare professionals, to explore the information use and avoidance of diabetics.

The full schedule for this virtual conference is available online, including details of three 30-minute keynote addresses, seven 15-minute papers, and five 10-minute poster presentations. Bruce is scheduled to speak about his work with Gemma between 16:25 and 16:35 (UK time) on Monday.

Registration for the conference is open, and free of charge. Follow the event hashtag #AECIST20.

**Updated 16th June 2020** The poster has now been published online with the DOI 10.5281/zenodo.3895816.

**Updated 22nd June 2020** Bruce has written up a detailed account of papers presented at the conference with links to further resources on his web site.

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