Peer learning, support and online communities

If you were designing a disease treatment system from scratch, bringing together clinicians, patients, researchers, and advocates, what platform would you use to take advantage of the community created by this umbrella group?

This is the question posed by Susannah Fox of the Pew Internet project. She uses the extended discussion session that iWantGreatCare was part of at Health 2.0 in Paris earlier this year to consider some of the challenges, opportunities and lessons already learnt.

As we move from hospital-based to shared, integrated, community models of delivering services this is a question of urgent importance to all those in the UK. Take home message: it is not about the doctors or buildings, it is all about the patients.

 

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