Online support groups serve as a great help especially to both patients and caregivers, an official says.
Dan Hinmon, community director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network, said those who are suffering from serious and terminal illnesses find comfort as it helps alleviate the “sense of isolation and loneliness”, says a report from Khaleej Times.
Hinmon shared his very own experience when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare liver disorder.
At that time, he said he would’ve given anything for a helpful online support group.
Online patient communities maybe Facebook groups or some online platforms built specifically to facilitate patient interaction.
Personal experiences are shared, he said, and they learn and support each other.
This is why Hinmon is encouraging healthcare professionals to be patient advocates.