"Where does my health information come from?": Information sharing in peer-to-peer health communities.

This source preferred by Osman Ahmed

Authors: Bond, C. and Ahmed, O.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/23095/

http://medicinex.stanford.edu/program-2015/

Start date: 25 September 2015

Peer-to-peer health networks such as online discussion forums have created new ways for people, especially those living with a long term condition, to access health information. There have however been concerns about the quality of information, and the ability of the public to understand and evaluate that information [1, 2]. The term “apomediation”[3] has been used to describe the shift from professionals as the information gatekeepers, to individual-led signposting or use of technology-based solutions such as bookmarking.

This abstract presents the findings of a study analyzing how people using online discussion boards adopt this apomediation role, the types of information they share, and how they share this information.

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