Online discussions: How to incorporate them in training

If you’ve ever received a medical diagnosis, especially a serious one, (or know someone who has), you’ll know what it’s like to be bombarded with information. And instructions. Do this. Go here. Make time. Take these. Give up those. And read about that.

All good advice, and obviously important when dealing with the practicalities of the diagnosis. But this one-way flow of information can be overwhelming. Hard to take in, and not so helpful when it comes to helping patients understand and cope with how they feel.

Aware of this, medical practitioners and health educators looked for more effective ways of helping their patients seek and share technical information, while also exploring the emotional aspects of the experience. And they found… online discussion boards.

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