Moderated Web Chats: Creating Virtual Communities to Provide Support to Patients and Families

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154081
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Moderated Web Chats: Creating Virtual Communities to Provide Support to Patients and Families
Abstract:
Moderated Web Chats: Creating Virtual Communities to Provide Support to Patients and Families
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2008
Author:Difazio, Rachel, MS, RN, PNP
P.I. Institution Name:Children's Hospital, Boston, Department of Orthopedics
Title:Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Co-Authors:Tiffany Renee Mountz, RN, BS; Paula Donahue, BS
[Evidence-based Practice Session - Paper or Poster Presentation] Internet use and computer mediated communication has increased exponentially in recent years, especially among younger people. The internet has become an accepted source of health care information and a means for providing support to individuals with various health problems. Online support groups have become a popular alternative to traditional face to face support groups. On line support groups alleviate many potential problems in face to face support groups like geographic boundaries and transportation. Anonymity is assured and the potential divisive effects of physical disability, race, ethnicity, gender and age are minimized. Preliminary research supports the use of online support groups, but the research is limited. This paper will describe an evidence based process to develop a specific type of online support group using moderated web chats with patients receiving orthopedic care at Children's Hospital, Boston. The critical elements of designing an online support group will be reviewed by using the online support group within the Department of Orthopedics at Children's Hospital, Boston as a model. The goals and objectives of the web chats and the roles of the technical moderator and the inter-professional facilitators will be described. The finances and logistics of setting up an on line support group will be discussed. Examples of the successes and challenges of an online support group from the experiences of the facilitators and patients and their families will be reviewed. Impetus for this project was the lack of attendance at traditional face to face support groups. The review of the literature by our inter-professional team led to the creation of moderated on line support groups.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleModerated Web Chats: Creating Virtual Communities to Provide Support to Patients and Familiesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154081-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Moderated Web Chats: Creating Virtual Communities to Provide Support to Patients and Families</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2008</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Difazio, Rachel, MS, RN, PNP</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Children's Hospital, Boston, Department of Orthopedics</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Pediatric Nurse Practitioner</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">rachel.difazio@childrens.harvard.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Tiffany Renee Mountz, RN, BS; Paula Donahue, BS</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Evidence-based Practice Session - Paper or Poster Presentation] Internet use and computer mediated communication has increased exponentially in recent years, especially among younger people. The internet has become an accepted source of health care information and a means for providing support to individuals with various health problems. Online support groups have become a popular alternative to traditional face to face support groups. On line support groups alleviate many potential problems in face to face support groups like geographic boundaries and transportation. Anonymity is assured and the potential divisive effects of physical disability, race, ethnicity, gender and age are minimized. Preliminary research supports the use of online support groups, but the research is limited. This paper will describe an evidence based process to develop a specific type of online support group using moderated web chats with patients receiving orthopedic care at Children's Hospital, Boston. The critical elements of designing an online support group will be reviewed by using the online support group within the Department of Orthopedics at Children's Hospital, Boston as a model. The goals and objectives of the web chats and the roles of the technical moderator and the inter-professional facilitators will be described. The finances and logistics of setting up an on line support group will be discussed. Examples of the successes and challenges of an online support group from the experiences of the facilitators and patients and their families will be reviewed. Impetus for this project was the lack of attendance at traditional face to face support groups. The review of the literature by our inter-professional team led to the creation of moderated on line support groups.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:43:48Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:43:48Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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