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User engagement in image-based online health communities

H Alamri, J Waycott, R Lederman, A Alshehri

Proceedings of the 24th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems: Information Systems (IS) for the Future, PACIS 2020 | Association for Information Systems | Published : 2020


Previous studies about online health communities (OHCs) have investigated their formation and persistence. Due to the impact of technological advancement on the structure of OHCs and the behaviour of their members, OHCs within social media platforms have adopted different forms of communication besides text. A tremendous number of images are shared, but we know little about the influence of image content on chronically ill adults in these communities. In this study, posted photos and metadata were collected from social network platforms using the popular chronic disease hashtag, #type1 diabetes. Through a qualitative and quantitative content analysis, we identified six elements that could af..

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