I’m really proud of this paper, The Emerging Diabetes Online Community, written with Marisa Hilliard, Jeff Hitchcock, Tamara Oser, and Korey Hood, about the diabetes online community and the importance of peer-to-peer support between patients on the Internet.
The official abstract: “Diabetes self-management is complex and demanding, and isolation and burnout are common experiences. The Internet provides opportunities for people with diabetes to connect with one another to address these challenges. The aims of this paper are to introduce readers to the platforms on which Diabetes Online Community (DOC) participants interact, to discuss reasons for and risks associated with diabetes-related online activity, and to review research related to the potential impact of DOC participation on diabetes outcomes.”
There are a lot of friends and colleagues mentioned in this paper, like Children with Diabetes, Scott Johnson, Diabetes Mine, Texting My Pancreas, the CGM in the Cloud group, and several others. Actually, that’s one of my favorite features of this paper, noticing how many of these resources are created and maintained by people I consider friends. Speaks to the true connectivity of the Diabetes Online Community and how what we provide for one another is hard to quantify but easily recognized as “important.”
It continues to amaze me, seeing how much this community has changed and grown and evolved since I ventured online ten years ago.
To download the paper, you can click on this link and the PDF is free.