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Title:The importance of emotional information in online health support groups to support people with type two diabetes
Author(s):Almanea, Abdulaziz; Bath, Peter; Sbaffi, Laura
Subject(s):Online health support groups
Emotional support
Peer support
Health 2.0
Medicine 2.0
Type 2 diabetes
Abstract:People with chronic conditions face psychological, social and cultural challenges when they control and manage their condition. Online health support groups (OHSGs) play an important role in providing emotional information for people with different conditions to overcome such challenges. The aim of this study is to explore the importance of using OHSGs for emotional information for people with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). This qualitative analysis of 814 threads and posts from three OHSGs examined the emotional information exchanged within OHSGs for people with T2D. The analysis showed that emotional information shared in OHSGs provided members with T2D with sympathy, encouragement love and affirmation that helped them to overcome challenges and control and manage their condition more effectively. The findings have implications for informational, social and emotional support for patients.
Issue Date:2020-03-23
Publisher:iSchools
Series/Report:iConference 2020 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/106528
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Abdulaziz Almanea, Peter Bath, and Laura Sbaffi
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-03-17


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