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Why people trust in online health communities: An integrated approach

H Fan, SP Smith, R Lederman, S Chang

ACIS 2010 Proceedings - 21st Australasian Conference on Information Systems | Published : 2010


People are increasingly using the Internet as a major source of health-related information. Online health communities are interesting in this regard, because they are an important source of information, but also appear to serve an emotional support role in connecting people who have similar conditions or can otherwise empathize with each others' experiences. Trust is critical to the continued operation of these forums, because each support consumer is typically identified only by a pseudonym, important personal information is often revealed, and the consequences of acting on incorrect advice can be severe. Therefore, studies of established communities indicate that a significant level of tru..

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