Web 2.0 and chronic illness: new horizons, new opportunities

Healthc Q. 2008;11(1):104-8, 110, 4.


"Web 2.0" heralds a breakthrough opportunity for empowering healthcare consumers of all types, and especially for those suffering from different forms of chronic illness. As the author shows using some data gathered from a popular social networking website--MySpace.com--this opportunity may be greatest for heavily stigmatized chronic health issues, such as obesity and mental illness.

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease*
  • Consumer Health Information*
  • Hospital Information Systems
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Information Services / trends
  • Internet* / statistics & numerical data
  • Social Support