Online Activity and Participation in Treatment Affects the Perceived Efficacy of Social Health Networks Among Patients With Chronic Illness

@inproceedings{Stockard2014OnlineAA,
  title={Online Activity and Participation in Treatment Affects the Perceived Efficacy of Social Health Networks Among Patients With Chronic Illness},
  author={Jean Stockard and Yan Zhang and Racheli Magnezi and Yoav S. Bergman and Dafna Grosberg},
  booktitle={Journal of medical Internet research},
  year={2014}
}
BACKGROUND The use of online health-related social networks for support, peer-to-peer connections, and obtaining health information has increased dramatically. Participation in an online health-related social network can enhance patients' self-efficacy and empowerment, as they are given knowledge and tools to manage their chronic health condition more effectively. Thus, we can deduce that patient activation, the extent to which individuals are able to manage their own health care, also… CONTINUE READING
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