• 1 General conditions for cancer patients and potentialsof Virtual Communities
  • 1.1 The situation of cancer patients
  • 1.2 Legal framework for internet-based medical services in Germany
  • 1.3 Potentials of Virtual Communities for patients
  • 2 Central design elements of a VC for patients – thecase of krebsgemeinschaft.de
  • 2.1 Information services
  • 2.2 Functionalities
  • 2.3 Usability
  • 2.4 Accessibility
  • 2.5 Trust supporting components
  • 3 Acceptance and usage of krebsgemeinschaft.de
  • 3.1 Evaluation criteria and methods
  • 3.2 Empirical findings
  • 4 Discussion and Conclusion
  • References