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Learning through online communities - A study of health care sites in Europe
KTH, Superseded Departments, Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV.
2004 (English)In: Eadoption And The Knowledge Economy: Issues, Applications, Case Studies, Pts 1 And 2 / [ed] Cunningham, P; Cunningham, M, 2004, Vol. 1, 1333-1339 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Online communities have become common in most industries. In the health care sector there are many online communities for people to communicate, share information and learn about different diseases and bad habits. Although studies have been made to better understand the use of these communities, it remains unclear to what extent the communities manage to encourage people to change a bad habit. This paper presents results from a study of NetDoctor sites in Sweden, United Kingdom and Denmark. Online communities on overweight, smoking and alcohol habits were targeted. The results give examples of empathetic discussions, but they also present a conflict between learning a new behaviour, which involves questioning each other's behaviour, and the need to hold the community together.

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2004. Vol. 1, 1333-1339 p.
, Information And Communication Technologies And The Knowledge Economy Series, ISSN 1574-1230 ; 1
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-44683ISI: 000225554600172ISBN: 1-58603-470-7OAI: diva2:451961
eChallenges e-2004 Conference Location: Vienna, Austria, Date: OCT 27-29, 2004
QC 20111027Available from: 2011-10-27 Created: 2011-10-25 Last updated: 2011-10-27Bibliographically approved

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