Annie Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

atchen@uw.edu

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Interests:

Chronic illness information behaviors, health-related uses of social media, research methods, natural language processing, patient education, alternative medicine, digital humanities.

Research:

Chronic illness information behaviors, health-related uses of social media, research methods, natural language processing, patient education, alternative medicine, digital humanities,

Current research:

Chronic illness information behaviors, health-related uses of social media, research methods, natural language processing, patient education, alternative medicine, digital humanities Current research: I am interested in patient experience — how patients encounter, seek out and interpret information to help manage their condition, and especially, how patients’ understandings and cognitive representations of health and wellness change over time in the context of chronic illness. I am currently working on analysis of data from an interview study of patients’ illness journeys. This research investigates themes including: patient-provider interaction, learning to listen to the body (body awareness), and the role of emotions in chronic illness. I am also engaged in research involving text mining of health-related social media, including content from Reddit and other discussion forums. These include chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and diabetes, and tobacco products (e.g. e-cigarettes and hookah).

Representative publications:

Chen, A. T. (2015). Information use and illness representations: Understanding their connection in illness coping. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66(2), 340-353. DOI: 10.1002/asi.23173

Chen, A. T. (2014). What’s in a Virtual Hug? – A Transdisciplinary Review of Methods in Online Health Discussion Forum Research. Library and Information Science Research, 36(2), 120-130. DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2013.10.007

Chen, A.T. (2012). Information seeking over the course of illness: The experience of people with fibromyalgia. Musculoskeletal Care, 10(4): 212-20. DOI: 10.1002/msc.1022

Chen, A.T. (2012). Exploring online support spaces: Using cluster analysis to examine breast cancer, diabetes and fibromyalgia support groups. Patient Education and Counseling, 87(2), 250-257. DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2011.08.017