Evidence on Why You Should Consider Online Peer Support [Repost from AADE]

Increased access to the internet and social media has allowed individuals across the globe to connect in ways that weren’t possible decades ago. Active, vibrant communities have formed that engage users from a variety of backgrounds in information sharing and peer support, often around a specific topic. But do these bustling online communities offer real…

Updates from American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD August 17-20

The AADE Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of certified diabetes educators (CDEs) of the year, with over 3,000 in attendance! However, it’s not just CDEs that attend the meeting, other clinicians and providers, health educators, and people with or affected by diabetes attend. It was great to see that the 2018 meeting had a…

iDOCr poster presented at the International Diabetes Federation Congress

The iDOCr team presented a poster at the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Congress, December 6, 2017, in Abu Dhabi. The poster, “Perceptions of Stigma in the Diabetes Online Community: Challenges of day-to-day living shared during Twitter chats” was presented during the “living with Diabetes” stream.  Several of the sessions in this stream related to iDOCr interests…

Perceptions of Stigma in the Diabetes Online Community: Challenges of day-to-day living shared during Twitter chats

Background: The diabetes online community (DOC) creates a safe place where people can share experiences and not feel alone while living with a chronic condition. In a 2015 study of Twitter chat data, the theme of stigma surfaced as a key reason why people with type 2 diabetes do not engage in the DOC. Self-management of…

Exploring the Wisdom of the Diabetes Online Community: Themes from Social Networking Conversations

Social Media is a very powerful tool, that can be used for good. This is exactly what iDOCr wants to validate. People with diabetes need constant support and answers to the daily struggles and situations diabetes management present to the pwd and it’s family members. Peer support using social media and online communities have demonstrated…