Computer-based Support Groups: Nursing in Cyberspace

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The focus of this article is on the Nurse Monitor role in a project whose overall goal is to use telecommunication technology to provide information and support to middle-aged rural women living with chronic illness. The impact of participation in these support groups on the women's psychosocial health is also discussed. The purpose of the project, the underlying conceptual framework of social support, a project overview, project philosophy and protocols, and the role of the Nurse Monitor are described.

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