Online Health Communities

Με τις τεχνολογίες του web 2.0 όλο και περισσότερο δημιουργούνται online communities που ασχολούνται με συγκεκριμένα γνωστικά αντικείμενα. Από αυτή τη εξέλιξη δε θα μπορούσε να λείπει ο χώρος της υγείας. Σύμφωνα με την wikipedia

Online health communities provide a means for patients and their families to learn about an illness, seek and offer support, and connect with others in similar circumstances.
Changes in the health care system coupled with increased infiltration and use of the Internet have resulted in heavier reliance on
the Internet for disease and health education. Eighty percent of American adult Internet users currently go online to find health care information for themselves and their loved ones, with health searches one of the most popular uses of the Internet. Existing medical websites have recognized that they will have more visitors if they offer interactive community features such as discussion or Internet forums.

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Ένα ενδιαφέρον paper πάνω σε αυτές τις κοινότητες: Neal, Lisa; et al. (2006). “Online Health Communities”. CHI’06 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Montréal, Québec, Canada: ACM.


  1. is the first Internet based wiki medical resource.Our articles include multimedia video and imagery, discussion forums and a case reports sections for dynamic interaction of interested readers and health care professionals.

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