Peer-to-peer communication, cancer prevention, and the internet. Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH

  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Workplace

MeSH Major

  • Communication
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion
  • Internet
  • Neoplasms
  • Peer Group

abstract

  • Online communication among patients and consumers through support groups, discussion boards, and knowledge resources is becoming more common. In this article, the summary of a workgroup discussion, we discuss key methods through which such web-based peer-to-peer communication may affect health promotion and disease prevention behavior (exchanges of information, emotional and instrumental support, and establishment of group norms and models). We also discuss several theoretical models for studying online peer communication, including social theory, health communication models, and health behavior models. Although online peer communication about health and disease is very common, research evaluating effects on health behaviors, mediators, and outcomes is still relatively sparse. We suggest that future research in this field should include formative evaluation and studies of effects on mediators of behavior change, behaviors, and outcomes. It also will be important to examine spontaneously emerging peer communication efforts to see how they can be integrated with theory-based efforts initiated by researchers.

publication date

  • 2009

has subject area

  • Communication
  • Health Education
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Neoplasms
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Peer Group
  • Workplace

Research

keywords

  • Journal Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC3645318

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/10810730902806760

PubMed ID

  • 19449267

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 38

end page

  • 46

volume

  • 14 Suppl 1