Supporting Information Needs of Transitional Phases in Diabetes Management Through Online Health Communities
European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET)
As of 2014, 29.1 million people in the US and 422 million in the world have diabetes. Diabetes has a substantial and increasing impact on the quality of life. Patients face the burden of self-management and have day-to-day decisional needs when they attempt to find out about their choices and decided on the next course of action. The field has under-explored these decisional needs. To this end, I aim to investigate how patients make decisions in online health communities and present solutions to provide balanced and comprehensive information to better support patient decisional needs.