Dear Members of Empowher,
My name is Justin Guild and I’m a graduate research assistant currently working with Dr. Jeong-Nam Kim (http://www.cla.purdue.edu/communication/people/jnkim.shtml) at Purdue University on a health communication study.
Specifically, our research explores how information sharing behavior through online communities (such as blogs) influences coping strategies among people with chronic conditions including cancer, diabetes, depression, etc.
As you know, the Internet is a good way to acquire information and interact with others who share similar health issues. Although many reports on the use and benefits are currently available, few theoretical works are advanced in this regard.
So, we hope that we can test a theoretical explanation, which could be a basis for more attention from government and health care providers regarding online communities.
I’m inviting you to participate in this survey. The survey is purely academic in nature and takes no longer than 5-7 minutes to complete.
The web survey can be found by clicking on this link: http://www.createsurvey.com/c/70237-Os3LDl/
In the survey, we use the term “blog” to refer to any online activity where you might read or share information in communities such as personal web logs, internet forums, and discussion boards.
If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me at ]]>firstname.lastname@example.org]]>.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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