• 01 OCT 14
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    Facebook and Google for support groups?

    Facebook and Google for support groups?

    2 billion people on Facebook. Why not?

    Facebook is fun and it makes us feel good as we share our experiences with people that like us.

    In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of using Facebook and Google in your support group.

    Do I really want my group on my wall?

    Facebook’s objectives are to get people spending as much time online so that the advertisers (the real customers) can sell more products and services.

    Not exactly your objectives for helping people in your support group.

    The very best care happens as a result of good communication between support group leaders and group members. While support groups leaders need to understand the person’s symptoms and other factors, members need accurate information about their issues, which treatment are available, and what can be done to help them.

    Support group communication is complex. It is sensitive as well.

    In primary care – studies show that when doctors and nurses don’t listen to their patients, lack of communication may lead to missing the important health cues and misdiagnosing the illness.

    Patients who don’t understand what their physicians say, tend to fail to follow their advice and regimens. That leads to complications, preventable hospitalizations and overall poor outcomes.

    If people fail to share accurate and timely data, chances are that  treatment could be a failure.

    Google search – good for support groups?

    Online search provides health information on a range of conditions to patients, health providers and general public. It also allows information to be presented in a variety of formats—text, images, and audio-visual.

    However – the quality is random and it’s hard to know what content is really reliable and relevant to your particular problem.

    How to choose a great online service for sharing for people you care for

    A great online service for sharing for people you care for should come with the following features:

    • It should provide both private (one to one) shared networking. The network must be secure and private. There should not be any public exposure to discussions.
    • There should not be spam or advertising.
    • Instant delivery of messages
    • Multilingual features so that people in different countries and regions can connect to each other.
    • Affordability—if the app is expensive, only a few people will use it.
    • The health-based sharing and private messaging app should increase efficiency and quality of service delivery.
    • It should be easy to setup and use.
    • The health-related sharing and private messaging app must be compatible with latest gadgets such as iPad and smart phones.

    Pathcare – Sharing with people you care for

    Pathcare is an online service for sharing with people you care for. It’s friendly, its free and will delight you with its ease of use and beautiful, minimalist user interface.

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