Medicine 2.0 and Beyond: From Information Seeking to Knowledge Creation in Virtual Health Communities

THE ROUTLEDGE COMPANION TO DIGITAL CONSUMPTION, edited by Russell W. Belk and Rosa Llamas, New York and London: Routledge, 2012

16 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2012

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Handan Vicdan

Eastern Kentucky University

Nikhilesh Dholakia

University of Rhode Island

Date Written: March, 29 2012

Abstract

This chapter, part of the Routledge series on Digital Consumption, examines how social media technologies and virtual health communities transform the current healthcare system. Providing examples from virtual health platforms, we explore the new forms of empowerment that occur, and articulate changes in consumer online health information seeking and learning. These changes also open up wider possibilities of post-consumer, post-corporate forms of organizing our world with the help of digital technologies.

Keywords: Health Care, Patient Empowerment, New Media, Online Health Systems, Digital Technologies

JEL Classification: D11, D18, I11, I18, I19, M31, M39, O33

Suggested Citation

Vicdan, Handan and Dholakia, Nikhilesh, Medicine 2.0 and Beyond: From Information Seeking to Knowledge Creation in Virtual Health Communities (March, 29 2012). THE ROUTLEDGE COMPANION TO DIGITAL CONSUMPTION, edited by Russell W. Belk and Rosa Llamas, New York and London: Routledge, 2012 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2030844

Handan Vicdan

Eastern Kentucky University ( email )

Combs 317
Richmond, KY 40475
United States

Nikhilesh Dholakia (Contact Author)

University of Rhode Island ( email )

Quinn Hall
55 Lower College Rd.
Kingston, RI 02881
United States

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