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International Journal of Web Based Communities
International Journal of Web Based Communities


Special Issue on: "Web-based Communities and Healthcare"

Guest Editor: Dr Neil Coulson, University of Nottingham, UK
Co-Editor: Dr. Piet Kommers, University of Twente, The Netherlands

In recent years there has been a marked increase in the number of individuals accessing health-related web-based communities. Such communities are concerned with a diverse range of health-related topics (e.g. cancer, depression, coronary heart disease, disability etc) and participation is increasingly being recognised as having an important contribution in the self-management of chronic illness.

Subject Coverage
Papers may address the theme of web-based communities and healthcare from a variety of perspectives. The following questions are offered as stimulus for potential authors:
  • Does participation in health-related web based communities lead to changes in clinical and psychosocial outcomes?
  • How do patients integrate information obtained from web based communities into their treatment-related decisions?
  • What role do web based communities play in empowering the patient, especially within the doctor-patient consultation?
  • How do patients assess the credibility of information conveyed within a web-based community?
  • What factors underpin disclosure of personal health-related information within the web based community?
  • What factors underpin perceptions of satisfaction with health-related web based communities?
  • Are there socio-demographic differences in the ways in which individuals access, use and benefit from web based communities?
  • How do privacy concerns impact upon the support process for individuals accessing web based communities?

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Potential contributors who require clarification or wish to enquire if the topic of their submission fits within the scope of the special issue may contact Dr Coulson by email (below). Please provide a paragraph describing the topic and potential title in any enquiries.

Important Dates

Deadline for summary submission: 30 September 2008

Deadline for paper submission: 30 November 2008

Notification to authors: 31 December 2008

Deadline for camera ready papers: 31 Jan 2009