Discussion groups on the Internet: journaling

Can J Oncol. 1995 Sep;5(3):379-80.


Interactive communication on the Internet, as illustrated by the e-mail-based breast cancer discussion group, provides an alternative to the telephone, the fax machine and regular mail, and is a resource for communications research, the potential of which is only beginning to be appreciated. At least some of the messages posted to such discussion groups could be regarded as a form of "journaling". Such messages are eminently suitable for qualitative data analysis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms*
  • Canada
  • Communication
  • Computer Communication Networks*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Research