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Forums Let Patients Share Experience in Breast Augmentation

How do Internet message boards help women who undergo breast augmentation? A new study explores this question by looking into the world of online forums about breast augmentation.

breast implant message board, woman viewing laptopSince the early days of the Internet, forums and message boards have popped up for a wide variety of sub-cultures.

Whether you're into knitting, fashion or auto racing, you can probably find a forum that lets you and others share valuable information.

Some of the popular breast augmentation forums include

The study by doctors at Norway's Oslo University Hospital examines the experiences of women who use online forums to share and understand their own breast augmentation.

Authors of the study say they wanted to "explore the shared values, feelings, and thoughts within the culture of breast enlargement among women visiting Internet-based forums when considering and/or undergoing esthetic plastic surgery."

Within these online communities, the researchers found positive things happening. Like an online support group, fellow users proved to be a helpful guide for other patients before and after their surgery.

"Through electronic postings, they cared for and nursed each others' anxiety and feelings throughout the whole process," the authors write.

The authors argue that, for healthcare professionals, online forums may be a model worth exploring. They provide a concept called "torrenting" which they say "can be further explored in relation to post modern self-care strategies within contemporary nursing theories and practice."
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