Different Length, Different Needs: Qualitative Analysis of Threads in Online Health Communities

Daniel Diethei, Ashley Colley, Julian Wienert, Johannes Schöning

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Abstrakti

Online health communities provide a knowledge exchange platform for a wide range of diseases and health conditions. Informational and emotional support helps forum participants orient around health issues beyond in-person doctor visits. So far, little
is known about the relation between the level of participation and participants’ contributions in online health communities. To gain insights on the issue, we analyzed 456 posts in 56 threads from the Dermatology sub-forum of an online health community. While low participation threads (’short threads’) revolved around solving an individual’s health issue through diagnosis suggestions and medical
advice, participants in high participation threads (’long threads’) built collective knowledge and a sense of community, typically discussing chronic and rare conditions that medical professionals were unfamiliar with or could not treat effectively. Our results suggest that in short threads an individual’s health issue is addressed, while
in long threads, sub-communities about specific rare and chronic
diseases emerge. This has implications for the user interface design of health forums, which could be developed to better support community building elements, even in short threads.
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Otsikko 2022 IEEE 10th International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI)
KustantajaIEEE
TilaJulkaistu - 11 kesäkuuta 2022
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