Online health communities

Lisa Neal, Kate Oakley, Gitte Lindgaard, David Kaufman, Jan Marco Leimeister, Ted Selker

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

17 Scopus citations


Online health communities provide a means for patients and their families to learn about an illness, seek and offer support, and connect with others in similar circumstances. Online health communities raise difficult design challenges because of the wide variability of members. medical expertise, health literacy, and technology literacy, and the potential severity of problems due to misinformation. The importance of online health communities is evidenced by their popularity, as well as the significant impact they have on the lives of their members. This Special Interest Group (SIG) will explore current trends in online health communities and how the design and evaluation expertise of the CHI community can benefit and improve online health community research and development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2007, CHI 2007 Extended Abstracts
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)1595936424, 9781595936424
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event25th SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2007, CHI 2007 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 28 2007May 3 2007

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Other25th SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2007, CHI 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Design
  • Evaluation
  • Health care
  • Medicine
  • Online communities
  • Online health communities
  • Support groups
  • Virtual communities
  • e-learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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