What is Online Support Groups?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications

Most popular types: PLM Forum

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Online support groups are available on the Internet with topics dedicated to specific interests and needs.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 17 2
Increase effect of another treatment 9 0
Bipolar disorder 6 1
Depressed mood 6 2
Fibromyalgia 5 1
Loneliness 5 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Online Support Groups

Side effect Patients
Unfocused 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Online Support Groups

Dosage Patients
1hours as needed 2
1 other weekly 1
2 hr weekly 1
5 hr weekly 1
1 hr daily 1
1 other daily 1
45 min daily 1
20 five times daily 1
1other as needed 1
30minutes as needed 1

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Why patients stopped taking Online Support Groups

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 1
Other 1
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Duration

Currently using Online Support Groups

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 3

Stopped using Online Support Groups

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 6
Usually 11
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 17
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 15
Not specified 8
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3 patient evaluations for Online Support Groups

Jul 1, 2010 (Started Sep 28, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 25, 2009 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Online groups gave me positive results because it helped me realize that I shouldn't be affraid to go to an Al-anon meeting based upon how accepting and non judgemental everyone was in the online groups (2 via Yahoo Groups). So I have started attending Al-anon which was great!

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 27, 2008 (Started Mar 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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