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Online social support as an opportunity


Bjornes, CD and Laursen, BS and Delmar, C and Cummings, EA and Nohr, C, Online social support as an opportunity, Nordisk Sygeplejeforskning, 5 pp. 61-74. ISSN 1892-2678 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Short-stay hospital treatments reduce patientsí opportunity to meet each other and share experiences. Therefore an application for online social support was integrated into a health informatics tool developed to meet the information and communication needs for men with prostate cancer. This paper reports on the menís experience of using the application for online social support. The findings demonstrate that older Danish men with cancer find it quite natural to communicate with each other using the Internet. However, the study signifies the complexity in designing online social support groups. When designing such applications, it is necessary to consider different types of users, and see these different usersí involvement, and their different stages of user activities, as a central part of the design strategy. Thus, a core element appears to be the need to always see the user involvement as a central part of the design strategy. It is essential to constantly learn more about the users and their needs, to continuously redesign the applications. From that perspective the term Patient 2.0 only illustrates one phase in an on-going evolution of roles between the partners in the healthcare sector as these roles are constantly being influenced by new technologies.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:online dialogue, patient 2.0, professional patient relationship, prostate cancer, user involvement
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Community and primary care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Cummings, EA (Associate Professor Liz Cummings)
ID Code:97991
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-01-27
Last Modified:2016-08-05

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