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

Azy Barak azy at construct.haifa.ac.il
Fri May 14 09:37:29 PDT 2004

My experience of several years with a variety of support groups has been
quite different from what was reported in this "mega analysis." Moreover,
most of the literature I know (see
http://construct.haifa.ac.il/~azy/refsupp.htm) show the opposite.


> 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:
> 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

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