• Let Me Introduce Myself: The Role of First Posts in Es-tablishing a Common-Identity Community in an Online Support Forum   [CPSH 2013]
  • Author(s)
  • Karen Rodham, Jeff Gavin, Neil Coulson, Leon Watts, Hannah Heath
  • Research has shown that patient participation in online forums is potentially beneficial in terms of psychological support processes, especially by fostering the development of a positive group identity and self-validation. This is particularly relevant to patients with chronic pain conditions, such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), who often experience a loss of identity associated with the negative changes to their daily activities and social life. The aim of this study is to explore the role of first posts in the development of a supportive online community. Thematic analysis identified five themes, all of which support the development of a common-identity community. The findings are discussed in relation to the development of support and implications for health professionals are outlined.
  • Online Support; Complex Regional Pain Syndrome; Identity
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