Virtual communities of patients provide health-related information and mutual support for members. This paper presents a structured analysis of virtual communities of patients and the demand for novel electronic services. Results include success factors of virtual communities of patients, the structural relations between success factors, demand for new and long-term members and newly and long-term affected patients.
Dannecker, Achim and Lechner, Ulrike, "An Empirical Analysis of the Demand for E-Services for Virtual Communities of Patients" (2006). BLED 2006 Proceedings. 25.