Journal article

Exploring the Characteristics and Preferences for Online Support Groups: Mixed Method Study

Melanie Louise Plinsinga, Manuela Besomi, Liam Maclachlan, Luciano Melo, Sarah Robbins, Belinda J Lawford, Pek Ling Teo, Kathryn Mills, Jenny Setchell, Thorlene Egerton, Jillian Eyles, Leanne Hall, Rebecca Mellor, David J Hunter, Paul Hodges, Bill Vicenzino, Kim Bennell

Journal of Medical Internet Research | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

Background Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic, disabling, and prevalent disorder. As there is no cure for OA, long-term self-management is paramount. Support groups (SGs) can facilitate self-management among people living with OA. Understanding preferences in design and features of SGs, including online SGs (OSGs), among people with OA can inform future development of SG interventions for this condition. Objective The objective of this study was to investigate health care– and health information–seeking behavior, digital literacy, and preferences for the design of SGs in people with OA. The study also explored the perceived barriers and..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia


Awarded by Centre of Research Excellence Grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia


Awarded by NHMRC


Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for this study was provided by a Program Grant (APP1091302) and a Centre of Research Excellence Grant (APP1079078) from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia. DJH, KB, and PWH (APP1102905) are supported by fellowships from the NHMRC.