Social Network Analysis of an Online Melanoma Discussion Group

@inproceedings{Durant2010SocialNA,
  title={Social Network Analysis of an Online Melanoma Discussion Group},
  author={Kathleen T. Durant and Alexa T. McCray and Charles Safran},
  booktitle={AMIA Joint Summits on Translational Science proceedings. AMIA Joint Summits on Translational Science},
  year={2010}
}
We have developed tools to explore social networks that share information in medical forums to better understand the unmet informational needs of patients and family members facing cancer treatments. We define metrics that demonstrate members discussing interleukin-2 receive a stronger response from the melanoma discussion group than a typical topic. The interleukin-2 network has a different topology than the melanoma network, has a higher density, and its members are more likely to have a… CONTINUE READING
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