Connecting patients to others with similar conditions empowers them to take charge of their health and generates useful data for researchers.

Being a patient can be a daunting experience, particularly when you don’t know what is going on with your body. Finding the right doctor, opting for a second opinion or experimenting with treatments can be a really tough journey to tackle alone, posing significant challenges for many who need medical attention.

However, increasing numbers of people battling illness are using online communities and social networks to find others with similar problems to share treatment advice and emotional support. These relationships can arm patients with a greater depth of information about their own conditions, making patients feel more comfortable and in charge of their own health. When they do seek care, patients are also better equipped to have conversations with their doctors, leading to a more collaborative relationship around their chosen treatment plan.

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