Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
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Research on Online Health Communities: A Systematic Review

  • Ronghua XuEmail author
  • Jiaqi Zhou
  • Qingpeng Zhang
  • James A. Hendler
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_110215




Consumer health vocabulary


Linguistic inquiry and word count


Natural language processing


Social network analysis. It devotes to analyze the social networks (or social graphs) by using the techniques and methods defined in the field of complex networks, such as centrality measures and community detection


Unified Medical Language System

User roles

A set of users’ behavioral patterns present in the social context of online communities


Online health communities (OHCs) are one type of online platforms, which are commonly used as a means to communicate with others, exchange messages, and share health-related information. Most of the users in the OHCs are common patients, and their interactions are sometimes mediated by doctors, nurses, or healthcare providers. These patients get together to share experience, obtain health...

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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Grant Nos. 71402157 and 71672163, the Guangdong Provincial Natural Science Foundation No. 2014A030313753, and the Theme-Based Research Scheme of the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong Grant No. T32–102/14 N.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronghua Xu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jiaqi Zhou
    • 2
  • Qingpeng Zhang
    • 2
    • 3
  • James A. Hendler
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.College of Economics and ManagementZhejiang University of TechnologyHangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering ManagementCity University of Hong KongHong KongChina
  3. 3.Shenzhen Research Institute of City University of Hong KongShenzhenChina
  4. 4.Department of Computer ScienceRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA
  5. 5.Computer and Cognitive Science Departments, Tetherless World ConstellationRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Charalampos Chelmis
    • 1
  • Nitin Agarwal
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity at AlbanyAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Information ScienceUniversity of Arkansas at Little RockLittle RockUSA