Do online support groups influence the well-being of patients with diabetes?

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3145/epi.2019.mar.09

Palabras clave:

Diabetes, Online forums, Media effects, Social influence, Emotional well-being, Self-esteem, Social support, Motivation.

Resumen

Diabetes is one of the most challenging long-term diseases (LTD) nowadays. Diabetes is associated with dietary restrictions, medical treatments and a strict life style, and has important emotional implications. The aim of this study is to analyze the impact of participating in online support groups (OSG) and participants’ emotional well-being, social support, self-esteem and motivation. An online survey was disseminated in online forums about diabetes, in Spanish (N = 344). Results show that participating in OSGs has a significant influence on the four variables analyzed. However, the direction of this influence depends on participants’ type of diabetes. Participating in OSG is associated with an increase in self-reported social support and motivation for type 2 patients with diabetes, while it is associated with a decrease of both variables for type 1 patients. No differences were observed for emotional well-being and self-esteem. These results have direct implications for both people with type 1 and 2 diabetes and medical professionals in managing online communications more effectively.

Biografía del autor/a

Noelia Herrero, Universidad Pompeu Fabra

Noelia Herrero es graduada en marketing digital por la Universidad Pompeu Fabra, ha realizado el Máster en buscadores por la misma universidad y cuenta con estudios en nutrición humana y dietética. Su investigación se centra en la comunicación digital en el sector salud. Ha sido docente en varias universidades, cursos y congresos. Asesora en estrategia digital para empresas. Mensista.

Lluís Mas-Manchón, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Lluís Mas is Lecturer at the Department of Communication of Pompeu Fabra University. He has a PhD in Audiovisual Communication and Advertising with honors from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His main research interests are branding, digital media, political communication, advertising, and physicophysiological measures. He recently gained a scholarship to be a visiting scholar in Texas Tech University.  Lluís Mas is the coordinator of CAS research group (UPF).

Frederic Guerrero-Solé, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Frederic Guerrero-Solé has a bachelor’s in Physics from the University of Barcelona (UB) and a PhD in Public Communication obtained at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). He has been teaching at the Faculty of Communication at the UPF since 2008, where he is a lecturer in Sociology of Communication. He is a member of the research group Audiovisual Communication Research Unit (Unica).

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Herrero, N., Mas-Manchón, L., & Guerrero-Solé, F. (2019). Do online support groups influence the well-being of patients with diabetes?. Profesional De La Información, 28(2). https://doi.org/10.3145/epi.2019.mar.09

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