Journal article

Therapeutic affordances of social media: emergent themes from a global online survey of people with chronic pain.

M Merolli, K Gray, F Martin-Sanchez

Journal of medical Internet research | JMIR | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Research continues to present tenuous suggestions that social media is well suited to enhance management of chronic disease and improve health outcomes. Various studies have presented qualitative reports of health outcomes from social media use and have examined discourse and communication themes occurring through different social media. However, there is an absence of published studies examining and unpacking the underlying therapeutic mechanisms driving social media's effects. OBJECTIVE: This paper presents a qualitative analysis thoroughly describing what social media therapeutically affords people living with chronic pain who are self-managing their condition. From this thera..

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