Study: Online Health Communities Improve Chronic Care

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Online health communities are an effective and affordable tool for chronic disease care and management, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Researchers studied interactions and outcomes among users of online health communities dedicated to Parkinson's disease.

Results showed that the online communities both actively engaged patients and motivated them to manage their condition, and helped facilitate the exchange of experiences and tips between patients that healthcare professionals may not have been able to provide.

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