It is no stretch to say that the Internet has changed the way we live our lives and the way we communicate. So it is not surprising that people who have suffered injuries from defective medical devices or have experienced adverse affects from a prescription drug are turning more and more to online support groups to help them deal with the mental and physical pain they must endure.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the benefits of joining a support group may include:
- Feeling less isolated, lonely, or judged
- Gaining a sense of empowerment
- Reducing anxiety and stress
- Getting practical advice or information
- Improving decision making concerning a condition or injury
When you look at it practically, online support groups make perfect sense — especially for those who find their movements limited by injuries they may have suffered from, for example, a defective hip or vaginal mesh implant. For the most part, online support groups are available 24/7. For those who cannot easily participate in a support group at a brick and mortar location, virtual forums offer an easy, convenient, and much-needed alternative.
The Pew Research Center reports that 90 million Americans have participated in online groups — some 84% of Internet users have contacted at least one online group. Pew states that some 43% of Internet users who use online groups use them to manage day-to-day responsibilities, such as parenting or medical conditions. Women tend to gravitate more to what Pew describes as the “Getting By” group.
Some people feel more comfortable discussing health issues in a more anonymous setting, which makes finding an online community to discuss problems and concerns a perfect option for them. There is a wealth of information online that can help you find the virtual support group that is right for you. Websites like www.dailystrength.org act as a clearinghouse for information concerning online support groups.
If you have a question about an injury caused by a defective medical device or prescription drug side effects, the Law Office of Renée J. Nordstrand is also a good source of information about your options and legal rights. Check out our blogs, contact us online, or call our Santa Barbara injury attorneys at our office at (805) 962-2022 for more information today.