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Abstract

Support groups are often formed in hospitals and clinics to enable group therapy. A support group consists of patients suffering from a same disease. Manual formation of support groups has three drawbacks. First, it is “local”, i.e., a support group for a specific type of cancer in a local hospital may contain patients with different symptoms and treatments. Discussions in such heterogeneous groups are not necessarily useful for their members. Second, support groups are often “static” and do not meet emerging needs of patients. Third, there may not be enough motivation in patients to join such groups. In this paper, we use the social Web to envision a framework for the automatic formation of dynamic support groups. Our framework consists of several components to build support groups, motivate patients to join, and keep them engaged in those groups.

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Acknowledgment

The author would like to thank Sihem Amer-Yahia for her valuable comments about this paper. This work is partially supported by CDP LIFE project under grant C7H-ID16-PR4-LIFELIG and COFECUB-CAPES 2018 project under grant 40022TB.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Grenoble AlpesGrenobleFrance

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