My name is Hanmei. I am a researcher at the University of Melbourne in Australia and currently working on a project investigating the use of online health forums. The aim of the study is to verify whether the use of online health forums differs among people with different medical conditions.
Drawn from the literature and findings from our previous research, we hypothesise that patients with minor and non-chronic illnesses are more likely to engage in an information-centred strategy while patients with severe and chronic illnesses are more likely to engage in a people-centred strategy. If the hypothesis is supported, the finding from this study can potentially advise the management of online health forums to strategically direct their resource to render more targeting service, based on different types of medical conditions. That is why we need people from a wide range of medical background and multiple sclerosis is one type of conditions that we are looking for.
We are very interested in learning about your opinions and experience. We would like to invite voluntary participants:
- who are patients or care givers
- have visited This Is MS forum in the past 7 days
to complete a 30-minute online survey
. Participants will be asked about their perception of the message and the person that they have the best memory of during their most recent visit to the forum(s). All participants who complete the survey will have a chance to win one out of four $50 gift cards of their choice (as long as I can purchase online), as our way to say thank you.
This study has been approved by the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee (#1238574). For more information, please visit http://people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/hanmeif/recruitingAd.html
. To access the survey, please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ohforum
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at h.fan at student.unimelb.edu.au.
If you know someone who fit into the criteria and would like to participate, please forward the message or the links above.
You can indicate whether you would like to receive a copy of the findings and you will receive an email from us approximately in March or April next year.
Thank you very much for your time and support!
Department of Computer and Information Systems
University of Melbournehttp://people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/hanmeif/