Online chronic disease communities are part of a healthcare phenomenon that empowers people to self-manage their condition. This paper discusses the growth and structure of such communities to identify the ways in which the sharing of information contributes to improved health outcomes. We draw together findings to offer a research agenda that will inform further studies in this complex area.
Stockdale, Rosemary; Standing, Craig; and Standing, Susan, "Sharing and Caring: The Giving and Receiving of Information in Online Chronic Disease Communities" (2010). BLED 2010 Proceedings. Paper 28.