Prasanth Sukumar
PhD Research Fellow 

University Address

Dynamics Lab

UCD Geary Institute

University College Dublin
Belfield
Dublin 4
Email prasanth.sukumar@ucdconnect.ie

 

1. PROJECT TITLE

Studying the Effectiveness of an Online Patients Social Network in Chronic Disease Management

2, PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The aim of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of the online social media in patient centred personalised healthcare. This study uses data from the Dynamics Lab’s PATNET Project – an online social network platform for patients attending obesity clinics in Ireland. By analysing the rich set of longitudinal online peer-to-peer interaction data of patients and their health care professionals, this study attempts to understand the dynamics of the evolution of the network and examine whether it facilitates any behaviour modifications and positive health outcomes. By integrating the theoretical assumptions from network theory, social learning, and complex systems, and using the recent advancement in the statistical analysis of social network data, this research tries to understand the dynamics of social learning process and normative influences happening within the network.

 

3.  FUNDING SOURCE

 

4.  SUPERVISORS 

Dr Diane Payne