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AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007 Oct 11:1151.

Challenges of social networking technologies for cancer care and social support.

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  • 1Dept. of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA.


Online communities and web-based messaging tools are valuable tools for cancer care and social support. Developers of these systems should be prepared to address the challenges of including social networking and emerging web technologies in clinical and consumer informatics systems. Experiences and challenges from a pilot test of a web-based messaging and social networking system for cancer patients will be discussed, and recommendations are offered for system design and adoption.

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