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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/335095
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Munchausen By Internet: A Netnographical Case Study
Other Titles:
EBP Moving Global Practice
Author(s):
Witney, Cynthia A.; Cope, Vicki; Hendricks, Joyce
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Cynthia A. Witney, RN, MHA, DipTch (Nsg) GradDipAdmin (Hlth), c.witney@ecu.edu.au; Vicki Cope, PhD, RN, RM, MHS; Joyce Hendricks, PhD, RN, RM
Abstract:
Session presented on Friday, July 25, 2014: Abstract Title: Munchausen by Internet: A netnographical case study. The Internet is a global phenomenon that provides a conduit for people to meet and collaborate without ever meeting face to face. As such, issues of truthfulness and trust are ongoing for all those who choose to click the mouse and enter cyberspace. This paper presents a case study drawn from a wider research project using netnography (Kozinets, 2010) where a purpose built www site called http://www.breastcancerclick.com.au or 'the Click' was developed and managed. Netnography has been used for more than a decade by researchers in the consumer and marketing field, thus is not now a new term and is widely accepted by these researchers as the preferred term to describe ethnographic research applied to the study of online communities and cultures (Kozinets, 2010). When Crotty's scaffolding for research is applied to netnography, a relatively new research methodology, it appears that it can be positioned in one of two ways, either under the category of ethnography as a variation of ethnography (Crotty, 1998, p. 5), or because of the way the study is pursued per online observation and interaction between researcher and research participants, as a new type of methodology. 'The Click' is a member only online therapeutic community set up to support people with breast cancer and their family and friends. This case study reveals that a member of this online community was identified with behaviors consistent with a factitious disorder the more extreme type of which is referred to as Munchausen Syndrome. When Munchausen Syndrome occurs online it is referred to as Munchausen by Internet. If the person also fabricates illnesses for immediate family members online it is known as Munchausen by proxy by Internet (Cunningham & Feldman, 2011, p. 185). The aim of this case study is to highlight how nurses and others can identify members of health related online support communities who are untruthful, using some of the aids to diagnosis of a factitious disorder and management strategies developed by Feldman (2000).
Keywords:
Internet; Munchausen; Netnography
Repository Posting Date:
17-Nov-2014
Date of Publication:
17-Nov-2014 ; 17-Nov-2014
Other Identifiers:
INRC14C12
Conference Date:
2014
Conference Name:
25th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Hong Kong
Description:
International Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong

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dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleMunchausen By Internet: A Netnographical Case Studyen
dc.title.alternativeEBP Moving Global Practiceen
dc.contributor.authorWitney, Cynthia A.en
dc.contributor.authorCope, Vickien
dc.contributor.authorHendricks, Joyceen
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen
dc.author.detailsCynthia A. Witney, RN, MHA, DipTch (Nsg) GradDipAdmin (Hlth), c.witney@ecu.edu.au; Vicki Cope, PhD, RN, RM, MHS; Joyce Hendricks, PhD, RN, RMen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/335095-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Friday, July 25, 2014: Abstract Title: Munchausen by Internet: A netnographical case study. The Internet is a global phenomenon that provides a conduit for people to meet and collaborate without ever meeting face to face. As such, issues of truthfulness and trust are ongoing for all those who choose to click the mouse and enter cyberspace. This paper presents a case study drawn from a wider research project using netnography (Kozinets, 2010) where a purpose built www site called http://www.breastcancerclick.com.au or 'the Click' was developed and managed. Netnography has been used for more than a decade by researchers in the consumer and marketing field, thus is not now a new term and is widely accepted by these researchers as the preferred term to describe ethnographic research applied to the study of online communities and cultures (Kozinets, 2010). When Crotty's scaffolding for research is applied to netnography, a relatively new research methodology, it appears that it can be positioned in one of two ways, either under the category of ethnography as a variation of ethnography (Crotty, 1998, p. 5), or because of the way the study is pursued per online observation and interaction between researcher and research participants, as a new type of methodology. 'The Click' is a member only online therapeutic community set up to support people with breast cancer and their family and friends. This case study reveals that a member of this online community was identified with behaviors consistent with a factitious disorder the more extreme type of which is referred to as Munchausen Syndrome. When Munchausen Syndrome occurs online it is referred to as Munchausen by Internet. If the person also fabricates illnesses for immediate family members online it is known as Munchausen by proxy by Internet (Cunningham & Feldman, 2011, p. 185). The aim of this case study is to highlight how nurses and others can identify members of health related online support communities who are untruthful, using some of the aids to diagnosis of a factitious disorder and management strategies developed by Feldman (2000).en
dc.subjectInterneten
dc.subjectMunchausenen
dc.subjectNetnographyen
dc.date.available2014-11-17T13:44:05Z-
dc.date.issued2014-11-17-
dc.date.issued2014-11-17en
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-17T13:44:05Z-
dc.conference.date2014en
dc.conference.name25th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationHong Kongen
dc.descriptionInternational Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kongen
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