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Online Health-Communities on Bad Habits for Preventive Care
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV.
2008 (English)In: 4th Kuala Lumpur International Conference On Biomedical Engineering 2008, Vols 1 And 2 / [ed] AbuOsman, NA; Ibrahim, F; WanAbas, WAB; AbdulRahman, HS; Ting, HN, 2008, Vol. 21, no 1-2, 291-294 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents the results from a study of people with established bad habits and their conversations together in online health-communities. Target groups of the study have been overweight people, smokers, and alcohol and drug abusers who want to change life-style. The conversation issues raised in the communities were categorized based on the type of content. Frequency of the different types of issues was stated, and differences as well as similarities between the communities were investigated. Finally, suggestions on how to help community members to further develop conversations for learning purposes were proposed. Such a new design could also help active members as well as lurkers to more easily browse the communities for a certain type of conversation.

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2008. Vol. 21, no 1-2, 291-294 p.
, IFMBE Proceedings, ISSN 1680-0737 ; 21
Keyword [en]
Online community, Health-community, bad habit, preventive health-care, learning, conversations
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Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-38435DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-69139-6-75ISI: 000261284500069ISBN: 978-3-540-69138-9OAI: diva2:436843
4th Kuala Lumpur International Conference on Biomedical Engineering Location: Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA Date: JUN 25-28, 2008
Available from: 2011-08-25 Created: 2011-08-25 Last updated: 2011-08-25Bibliographically approved

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