The research team includes researchers with expertise in data analytic techniques, information mining of large This research study aims to improve the ability of individuals to use patient-supported online forums to obtain useful information for their personalized concerns. To do so, we are:
These novel tools are currently being developed by examining the posts already available on the support forum, IBSgroup.org. Successful personalization requires a deeper understanding of the background of individuals using and posting on the forum and their clinical condition. To achieve this, we are collaborating with IBSgroup.org and reaching out to their current and past users for their help through participation in a brief survey (link). We expect to make our approach generalizable and apply it to other conditions in the future.
The research team includes researchers with expertise in data analytic techniques, information mining of large data bases, and in information organization and communication, and clinicians with specific expertise in IBS. Please follow the links below to learn more about members of the team. The research project is funded by the Social Science Research Institute at the Penn State University.