Locating patient expertise in everyday life

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Locating patient expertise in everyday life
Coping with a new health issue often requires individuals to acquire knowledge and skills to manage personal health. Many patients turn to one another for experiential expertise outside the formal bounds of the health-care system. Internet-based social software can facilitate expertise sharing among patients, but provides only limited ways for users to locate sources of patient expertise. Although much prior research has investigated expertise location and systems to augment expertise sharing in workplace organizations, the transferability of this knowledge to other contexts, such as personal health, is unclear. Guided by expertise locating frameworks drawn from prior work, we conducted a field study to investigate expertise locating in the informal and everyday context of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Similarities between patients’ expertise locating practices and practices of professionals in workplace organizations suggest similar support strategies could apply in both cont...
Andrea Civan, David W. McDonald, Kenton T. Unruh,
Added 28 May 2010
Updated 28 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Authors Andrea Civan, David W. McDonald, Kenton T. Unruh, Wanda Pratt
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