SOCIAL SUPPORT AND ONLINE HEALTH COMMUNITIES (OHCs) : A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Sociology Research
EditorsJared A. Jaworski
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Chapter7
Pages185-203
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781536194289
ISBN (Print)9781536194067
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2021

Publication series

NameAdvances in Sociology Research
Volume34

Abstract

As an increasing number of patients use online health communities (OHCs) for social support and also a number of studies have explored the system of social support in OHCs, hence the review of this social phenomenon is needed. The purpose of this review is to provide a systematic summary of the characteristics and key findings of social support research in OHCs. In searching relevant studies by the academic database of the Web of Science with set criteria, eleven among the eighty- five available studies published from 2013 to 2020 were retrieved for review. Cancer communities were the most frequently explored (five studies) and essentially all of the research articles revolved around the motivations, types and characteristics, and implications of social support in OHCs. With the rising prevalence of online social support in OHCs, this review can provide valuable references for researchers and practitioners, as well as some inspiration for the direction of subsequent research.

Research Area(s)

  • social support, Online Health Communities, Health Care

Citation Format(s)

SOCIAL SUPPORT AND ONLINE HEALTH COMMUNITIES (OHCs) : A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW. / Xu, Leilei; Yeung, Jerf W. K.; Low, Andrew Yiu Tsang.

Advances in Sociology Research. ed. / Jared A. Jaworski. New York : Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2021. p. 185-203 1 (Advances in Sociology Research; Vol. 34).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)