Thursday, 28 June 2012

Health and illness in a connected world: How might sharing experiences on the internet affect people's health?

"The extent to which patients and members of the public have turned to other people's experiences on the Internet has provoked both surprise and, in some quarters, concern. The value of first-person accounts, the appeal and memorability of stories, and the need to make contact with peers all strongly suggest that reading and hearing others' accounts of personal experiences of health and illnesss will remain a key feature of e-health. But the act of participating in the creation of health content (e.g., through blogging and social networking) is also affecting patients' experiences and has implications for our understanding of the patient's role in health care management and information. This review presents a new focus for exploring health and illness in a connected world."

Full reference :
Health and illness in a connected world: How might sharing experiences on the internet affect people's health?
Ziebland, S., & Wyke, S. (2012). Milbank Quarterly, 90(2), 219-249.
[Available full-text through CIAP].

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