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A presentation for oncology nurses demonstrating how online patient and caregiver communities can support them in their practice and the families they care for.
Thanks to the social Web, people facing a new diagnosis, undergoing treatment, or living with chronic illness can tap into larger networks online. Patients and caregivers know things – about themselves, about each other, about treatments – and they want to share what they know to help other people and ask questions. Increasingly patients and families participate in online communities to connect with peers and health care providers.
In this presentation, Heather Sinardo and Colleen Young discuss the evolving digital landscape of connection and isolation, and the pros and cons of disclosing of illness and cancer in the digital age. We examine online patient communities, what makes them work and why. Learn how to evaluate the quality of an online community where self-disclosure discussions deepen the sense of community, and how these stronger ties enhance the health and well-being of the online community members and their community.