[Air-l] BMJ Article on health related virtual communities / cmc-focus issue

Carol Perryman cp1757 at hotmail.com
Thu May 13 23:51:03 PDT 2004


I wonder if you have taken a look at the new BMJ, which has a theme of cmc 
in healthcare.

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/328/7449/1143

and particularly, the following:

Health related virtual communities and electronic support groups: systematic 
review of the effects of online peer to peer interactions. Gunther 
Eysenbach, John Powell, Marina Englesakis, Carlos Rizo, and Anita Stern.  
BMJ 2004 328: 1166-0.

I don't know if any members of this list are working in the area of 
healthcare-related cmc, particularly peer-to-peer, but I'd certainly be 
interested in knowing if that's the case.  My work to date has been with a 
large forum (200,000 members) whose intent is smoking cessation.  I'd be 
very interested to see reactions to this article, which is available 
full-text through the BMJ website.

Carol Perryman
Graduate School of Library & Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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