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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Date Created: Fall 2016

Date Issued: 2016

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: pdf

Extent: 200 p.

Language(s): English

Summary: An increasing number of individuals are looking for health information,interacting with health care providers, and participating in health-related online supportgroups. The virtual landscape of the internet offers the opportunity for individuals toestablish contact and relationships with persons having similar health concerns anywhere,anytime. The phenomenon of health-related social media use generated an interest in whypersons in the transplant journey chose to participate in an online support community,how they interacted and made use of the online community, and how this knowledgecould assist nursing in improving care for this growing population. A six month sampleof internet postings from an international transplant-related social media site wasanalyzed using an inductive qualitative content analysis adapted from Graneheim andLundman (2003) within the theoretical lens of Unitary Caring Science (Smith, 1999). Thestudy provided a unique perspective of how members used the social media support group. The synthesis of four pandimensional interconnected patterns, expressingemotions, sharing experiences, exchanging information, and offering reciprocal supportlead to a theme of being known and understood. Healing transcendence emerged as aunitary transformative metatheme that reflected the holistic nature of the memberinteraction in the online support experience.

Identifier: FA00004768 (IID)

Note(s): Includes bibliography.Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2016.

Held by: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library

Sublocation: Boca Raton, Fla.

Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fau/fd/FA00004768

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Owner Institution: FAU



Autor: Grumme,Valarie Susan, author Gordon, Shirley C. Dr., Thesis advisor Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Degree grantor

Fuente: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A33920



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