Journal article

Therapeutic utilization of meditation resources by people with multiple sclerosis: insights from an online patient discussion forum

Jodi Millicent O'Donnell, George Alexander Jelinek, Kathleen Mary Gray, Alysha De Livera, Chelsea Rae Brown, Sandra Leanne Neate, Emily Louise O'Kearney, Keryn Louise Taylor, William Bevens, Tracey Joy Weiland

Informatics for Health and Social Care | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

We aimed to describe website traffic and qualitatively analyze an e-health community discussion forum. Participants in this study were people affected by multiple sclerosis visiting the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) website. This mixed methods study combined descriptive analysis of website traffic over 7 years and 1 month, and qualitative analysis of 1 week of posts in the meditation topic, coded into theme groups using qualitative thematic analysis. There were 166 meditation topics posted with 21,530 initial views of primary post and 785 sub-post responses. Meditation posts and sub-posts received 368,713 replies. Number of views increased from 4,684 in 2011 to over 80,000 in 2017, a c..

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