Swiss Paraplepic Centre

Postdoctoral fellow

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Nicola Diviani is a SNSF Ambizione Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Lucerne, Department of Health Sciences and Medicine and at Swiss Paraplegic Research (SPF), Human Functioning Unit, Person Centered Health Care & Health Communication Group. He is the Principal Investigator of a three-year project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation aimed at providing new insights into the concept of critical health literacy. The project has the specific goals to i) identify the most important critical skills needed to appraise health information, ii) conceptually validate and operationally define the concept of health information appraisal, and iii) design and validate a usable tool to measure health information appraisal skills in the population.

Nicola holds a PhD in Communication Sciences from the University of Lugano. His main research interests include health literacy, (online) health information seeking, health empowerment, eHealth, and mHealth. In this context, he is particularly interested in studying how people’s limited ability to make use of the opportunities offered by (new) communication technologies may impact on different health outcomes (cancer prevention, vaccination, etc.) and in identifying viable ways to address this issue. He has been conducting research on these topics for several years at the Institute of Communication and Health of the University of Lugano, at Harvard School of Public Health, and at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research.

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Meppelink C, Smit E, Diviani N, van Weert JCM. (forthcoming). Health literacy and online health information processing; the underlying mechanism. Journal of Health Communication.

Diviani N, van den Putte B, Meppelink C, van Weert JCM. (in press). Exploring the link between health literacy and evaluation of online health information: insights from a mixed-methods study. Patient Education and Counseling, Corrected proof available online: doi:10.1016/j.pec.2016.01.007

Sak G, Diviani N, Allam A, Schulz PJ. (2016). Comparing the Quality of Pro- and Anti-Vaccination Online Information: A Content Analysis of Vaccination-Related Webpages. BMC Public Health, 16, 38, doi:10.1186/s12889-016-2722-9

Diviani N, van den Putte B, Giani S, van Weert JCM. (2015). Health literacy and evaluation of online health information: a systematic review of the literature. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(5), e112, doi:10.2196/jmir.4018

Nobile M, Cereda D, Bastiampillai AJ, Gabrielli E, Germeni E, Diviani N, Beghi G et al. (2015). CALIS-CAncer Literacy and Information Seeking: a study in the setting of colorectal screening. European Journal of Public Health, 25(suppl 3): 172-034.

Diviani N, Schulz PJ. (2014). Association between cancer literacy and cancer-related behavior: evidence from Ticino, Switzerland. Journal of Public Health Research, 3(2). doi:10.4081/jphr.2014.295

Diviani N, Camerini A-L. (2014). Gesundheitskompetenz [Health Literacy]. In: Hurrelman, K. & Baumann, E. (eds.), Handbuch Gesundheitskommunikation [Health Communication Handbook]. Verlag Hans Huber: Bern.

Fiordelli M, Diviani N, Schulz PJ. (2013). Mapping mHealth research: a decade of evolution. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15(5):e95. doi:10.2196/jmir.2430

Schulz PJ, Diviani N, Fiordelli M. (2013). La ricerca empirica nelle scienze della comunicazione. Fondamenti, metodi e strumenti. [Empirical research in communication sciences: foundations, methods, tools] Carocci: Roma.

Diviani N. (2013). Cancer and Health Literacy: Establishing a Concept of Cancer Literacy. In: Moore R & Perry D (eds.), Health Literacy: Developments, Issues and Outcomes. Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge NY.

Diviani N, Schulz PJ.  (2012). First insights on the validity of the concept of Cancer Literacy: A test in a sample of Ticino (Switzerland) residents. Patient Education and Counseling, 87:152-159. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2011.08.016 

Camerini L, Diviani N. (2012). Activism, health and the Net: Are new media shaping our perception of uncertainty? Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 3(3): 335-343.

Diviani N, Camerini A-L, Reinholz D, Galfetti A, Schulz PJ. (2012). Health literacy, health empowerment and health information search in the field of MMR vaccination. A cross-sectional study protocol. BMJ Open, 2:e002162. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-002162

Schulz PJ, Hartung U, Diviani N, Keller S. (2012). Dangerous Towers, Harmless Phones? Swiss Newspaper Coverage of the Risk Associated with Non-Ionizing Radiation. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 20(1):53-70. doi:10.1080/15456870.2012.637030

Frisch, A.-L., Camerini L, Diviani N, Schulz PJ. (2012). Defining and Measuring Health Literacy: How can we profit from other literacy concepts? Health Promotion International. doi:10.1093/heapro/dar043

Keller S, Diviani N, Schulz PJ. (2012). Sull’onda dei telefonini. Comportamenti e conoscenze in Ticino. Dati – Statistiche e Società, 7(1):15-21.

Diviani N. (2011). Expanding Research on Health Literacy: Lessons from traditional literacy studies. Studies in Communication Sciences,11(2):85-98.

Diviani N, Viswanath K. (2011). Health disparities and communication inequalities: the case of Switzerland. Studies in Communication Sciences, 11(1):67-81.

Diviani N, Schulz PJ. (2011). What should laypersons know about cancer? Towards an operational definition of Cancer Literacy. Patient Education and Counseling, 85:487–492. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2010.08.017

Camerini L, Diviani N, Tardini S. (2010). Health virtual communities: is the Self lost in the Net? Social Semiotics, 20(1):83-98.

Camerini L, Diviani N, Galli N, Schulz PJ. (2010). Quando il benessere va in onda: effetti, distorsioni, implicazioni. In: Antonelli L, Gelatti U (eds.), Pagine di benessere. Spunti di riflessione. Azienda Sanitaria Locale di Brescia (Italy). 171-183.

Diviani N, Schulz PJ. (2009). Establishing a concept of cancer literacy. A Delphi study among Swiss oncology experts. European Journal of Cancer Supplements, 7(2):211. Joint ECCO 15 – 34th ESMO Multidisciplinary Congress BERLIN, 20–24 SEPTEMBER 2009 Abstract Book