‘‘I Can Also Serve as an Inspiration’’: A Qualitative Study of the TB&Me Blogging Experience

In 2011, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) established a blogging project, ‘‘TB&Me,’’ to enable patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) to share their experiences. By September 2012, 13 MDR-TB patients had blogged, either directly or with assistance, from the UK, Australia, Philippines, Swaziland, Central African Republic, Uganda, South Africa, India, and Armenia. Due to the lack of research on the potential for social media to support MDR-TB treatment and the innovative nature of the blog, authors decided to conduct a qualitative study to examine patient and staff experiences. The aim was to identify potential risks and benefits associated with blogging to enable us to determine whether social media had a role to play in supporting patients with MDR-TB.

Document Date: 30 September, 2014
Author: Shona Horter et al