• 1 INTRODUCTION
  • 2 RESEARCH DESIGN
  • 3 FINDINGS OF THE NEEDS ANALYSIS
  • 3.1 Needs Analysis of Cancer Patients
  • 3.2 Empirical findings of conducted field studies
  • 3.3 Analysis of web-based Information and Interaction Offers for Cancer Patients
  • 4 IMPLICATIONS FOR THE PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT
  • 4.1 First steps of socio -technical system design
  • 4.2 Architecture and System Requirements
  • 4.3 A process model for developing a community platform for cancer patients - Towards aCommunity Platform Engineering Process (CoPEP)
  • 4.4 Preliminary results: A web-based prototype for a Community of Breast Cancer Patients inGermany
  • 5 ADDING VALUE TO VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH MOBILESERVICES
  • 6 SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK
  • REFERENCES