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Health Commun. 2014;29(4):355-63. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2012.757526. Epub 2013 Jul 11.

The role of illness factors and patient satisfaction in using online health support groups.

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a Department of Communication Studies , University of Rhode Island.


Drawing on the behavioral model of health services use and the PRECEDE-PROCEED model, this research explores various correlates of participation in online health support groups based on the 2007 Health Information National Trend Survey data. Results show that controlling for demographics, emotional health and family cancer history were significant correlates, whereas perceived general health status approached statistical significance, and personal cancer history and cancer worry were not significant. Moreover, patient-provider communication satisfaction approached statistical significance, and patient satisfaction with received health care was not statistically significant. Theoretical and practical implications of these results are discussed.

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