Analyse de publications sociomédiatiques portant sur la nutrition en temps de COVID-19

Authors: Charbonneau, Esther
Advisor: Desroches, SophieMellouli, Sehl
Abstract: Social media are being more and more consulted as sources of health-related information. However, on these platforms, accurate and reliable information is coexisting with misleading and false messages. In parallel, since its emergence, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a notable subject of discussion, online and offline. More specifically, the links betwee nnutrition and COVID-19 have been addressed on social media, including Twitter, by health professionals and the public alike. Besides, these numerous links represent a field of interestin research. Hence, the main objective of this project is to compare the publication behavior related to nutrition and COVID-19 of dietitians and the public of Twitter users by analyzing their tweets to this regard in terms of their themes and the engagement they received from users. Secondary objectives have been established, including comparing the tweets’ content accuracy between groups, and determining whether their tweets have the potential to influence behavior. Main results indicate that many differences exist between groups with regards to the themes they discuss, the forms of user engagement they receive, and the behavior change domains they use. Lastly, dietitians’ posts are generally more accurate than the public’s. This master’s thesis contributes to further the discussion on the dietitians’ roleon social media and to inform the development of timely interventions on such platforms during health crises to counter misinformation and disinformation.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2022
Open Access Date: 6 June 2022
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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