I am planning a humble research project about an online group of self help (mutual aid). I would like to know about some serious experience (or bibliographical reference) about this kind of online group. I know how these groups work face to face but not much online. I mean groups for support to other members in certain circumstances. For instance people with no common disorders could get in touch with other patients in the other corner of the world because it is not easy for them the contact face to face (for the distance). Thanks for reading!
Gits AA, Ritter PL, Plant K, Lorig K. Coding and evaluating facilitator posts for an online cancer survivor workshop. J Psychosoc Oncol 2013;31(2):219-34. View abstract
Yank V, Laurent D, Plant K, Lorig K. Web-based self-management support training for health professionals: A pilot study. Patient Educ Couns 2013 Jan;90(1):29-37. View Abstract
Lorig k, Ritter PL, Plant K, Laurent DD, Kelly P, Rowe S. The South Australia Health chronic cisease self-management internet trial. Health Educ Behav 2013 Feb;40(1):67-77. View abstract
Layi G, Albright CA, Berenberg J, Plant K, Ritter P, Laurent D, Lorig K, Bantum EO. UH Cancer Center Hotline: Recruiting cancer survivors for an online health-behavior change intervention: Are different strategies more beneficial? Hawaii Med J. 2011 October;70(10):222-23. View citation
Jernigan Blue Bird V, Lorig K. The internet diabetes self-management workshop for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Health Promot Pract 2011 March;12(2):261-70. View abstract
Lorig K, Ritter PL, Laurent DD, Plant K, Green M, Jernigan VBB, Case S. Online diabetes self-management program: A randomized study. Diabetes Care 2010;33(6):1275-1281. View abstract
Case S, Jernigan V, Gardner A, Ritter PL, Heaney CA, Lorig KR. Content and frequency of writing on diabetes bulletin boards: Does race make a difference? J Med Internet Res 2009;11(2):e22. View abstract
Lorig KR, Ritter PL, Laurent DD, Plant K. The internet-based arthritis self-management program: a one-year randomized trial for patients with arthritis or fibromyalgia. Arthritis Rheum 2008 15Jul;59(7):1009-17. View abstract
Lorig KR, Ritter PL, Dost A, Plant K, Laurent DD, McNeil I. The expert patient programme online, a 1-year study of an Internet-based self-management programme for people with long-term conditions. Chronic Illness 2008;4(4):247-256. View abstract
Lorig K, Ritter PL, Laurent DD, Plant K. Internet-based chronic disease self-management: A randomized trial. Med Care 2006;44(11):964-971. View abstract
Bruce B, Lorig K, Laurent D, Ritter P. The impact of a moderated e-mail discussion group on Use of complementary and alternative therapies in subjects with recurrent back pain. Patient Education and Counseling 2005;58:305-311. View abstract
Ritter P, Lorig K, Laurent D, Matthews K. Internet versus mailed questionnaires: A randomized comparison. J Med Internet Res 2004;6(3):e29. View abstract
Lorig KR, Laurent DD, Deyo RA, Marnell ME, Minor MA, Ritter PL. Can a back pain e-mail discussion group improve health status and lower health care costs? A randomized study. Arch Intern Med 2002;162:792-796. View abstract
In his classic book, The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, Yalom (2005) discussed internet support groups and their effectiveness. These groups can "take the form of synchronous, real-time groups...or asynchronous groups, in which members post messages and comments, like a bulletin board." (p. 520). These groups can be professionally directed or self-directed.
Self-help groups are becoming increasingly common as their members become organized in order to live and solve their own alcohol-related problems. This study aimed to identify, based on the experience of alcoholics, how a self-help group constitutes itself as a treatment alternative for alcohol dependence. A descriptive, qualitative study was condu...