online communities “good for your health”

According to a University College London review of 24 patient studies, patient participation in online discussions can have health benefits. BBC News Online reports that the researchers looked at "people’s use of interactive computer websites and programmes, which contained information services plus online support groups, chatrooms, or tailored advice based on a person’s details, affected people with such chronic diseases."

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  1. I had a look at the underlying study at DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004274.pub4 and it is annoyingly blanket – they treat everything that involves a computer and doesn’t involve a doctor as the same. So games, sites with interactive quizzes and virtual communities are treated as equivalent…

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