Date of Paper/Work

5-2013

Type of Paper/Work

Scholarly project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing

Department

Nursing

Advisor(s)

Matthew Byrne

Abstract

The advent of home personal computers and mobile devices, along with the rise of the Internet, has launched a radical transformation in the way patients interact with their providers and each other. Through use of the Internet, patients have been able to coalesce and exchange empowering support and information in ways previously unimaginable. There remains a question as to whether or not digital patient interactions deliver better health outcomes. This paper explores technology’s impact on patient self-advocacy, the rise of online support groups, research, and several key exemplars of peer-to-peer online support.

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