What attracts patients with diabetes to an internet support group? A 21-month longitudinal website study.

@article{Zrebiec2001WhatAP,
  title={What attracts patients with diabetes to an internet support group? A 21-month longitudinal website study.},
  author={John F. Zrebiec and Alan M. Jacobson},
  journal={Diabetic medicine : a journal of the British Diabetic Association},
  year={2001},
  volume={18 2},
  pages={154-8}
}
AIMS To establish and evaluate a web-based educational and emotional resource for patients with diabetes and their family members. METHODS A total of 47 365 user visits over a 21-month period to three internet discussion groups about diabetes were tracked for user activity, characteristics and level of satisfaction. RESULTS The primary domains of users were the US (70%) and Canada (4%). Of all users, 7.55% posted messages, while 92.45% read messages posted by others. The average length of… CONTINUE READING