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Web Communities for Preventive Health Care - Experienced Usability and Health Impact among Smokers and Overweight People
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV.
2010 (English)In: SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EHEALTH, TELEMEDICINE, AND SOCIAL MEDICINE: ETELEMED 2010, PROCEEDINGS / [ed] Finkelstein J; Ossebaard HC; VanGemertPijnen, LOS ALAMITOS: IEEE COMPUTER SOC , 2010, 153-158 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
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The number of web based health communities has increased during the latest years, and so has also the number of users. Among these, we find the health communities for people who suffer from lifestyle problems. These communities aim at helping people change their habits, and thereby preventing them from getting severe illnesses later. The communities are used for conversations about everyday struggles for a healthier lifestyle, and they contain issues concerning treatments, exercises, motivation, setbacks, etc. The question is in what ways and to what extent these communities support self-management among the members. This paper presents the results from a survey to members of a web community on overweight and another one on smoking. The results showed the members' appreciation for existing conversational topics on facts and motivation. They also thought that answers in which the senders offer new perspectives were valuable and could increase.

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web communities, preventive health care, lifestyle, habits, smoking, overweight, communication, learning
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Computer Science Medical Laboratory and Measurements Technologies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-29706DOI: 10.1109/eTELEMED.2010.29ISI: 000278144900027ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77952145073ISBN: 978-0-7695-3950-8OAI: diva2:396991
2nd International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine and Social Medicine
QC 20110211Available from: 2011-02-11 Created: 2011-02-11 Last updated: 2011-02-11Bibliographically approved

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