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Table 2 Inclusion and exclusion criteria used to assess suitability of websites initially identified in social media search

From: A comparison of three methods to generate a conceptual understanding of a disease based on the patients’ perspective

Inclusion Exclusion
Meets definition of ‘forum’ (ie, where members post responses to a thread and interact with each other) Member login required, to protect assumed privacy
An AS-specific section of the website exists Any entry in the terms of service / terms and conditions / copyright information / privacy policy sections of the website prohibit the use of content hosted on the website
Members of the website are primarily patients, rather than care-givers  
English language  
Content has been added in the last 12 months  
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