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dc.contributor.authorDavey, Zoe
dc.contributor.authorDeluca, Paolo
dc.contributor.authorSchifano, Fabrizio
dc.contributor.authorCorazza, Ornella
dc.identifier.citationDavey , Z , Deluca , P , Schifano , F & Corazza , O 2012 , ' E-Psychonauts : Conducting research in online drug forum communities ' Journal of Mental Health , vol. 21 , no. 4 , pp. 386-394 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 1007201
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 7809b658-441d-4e78-9d10-32729a1d3875
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84864208386
dc.descriptionCopyright 2012 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.
dc.description.abstractBackground "Legal highs" are becoming increasingly common features of the recreational drug market. The Internet has emerged as an important resource for technical and pharmacological knowledge in the absence of evidence-based literature, and for identifying emerging trends. Self-established drug-related Internet forums have emerged as particularly useful sources of information.Aims It was the aim of this study to explore the key features of drug-related Internet forums and the drug forum communities.Methods Within the framework of the larger Psychonaut Web Mapping project, eight English-language drug forums were assessed, and key features, categories, themes and attributions were identified.Results The results are reported taking into account ethical issues, such as anonymity and confidentiality, associated with research in online communities.Conclusions This study identified strong, unified and unique communities of recreational drug users that can provide an insight into the growing market in new drugs and drug compounds, and may be key components in future research, harm reduction and prevention strategies.en
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Mental Health
dc.titleE-Psychonauts : Conducting research in online drug forum communitiesen
dc.contributor.institutionHealth & Human Sciences Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Pharmacy
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Clinical Practice, Safe Medicines and Drug Misuse Research
dc.contributor.institutionPatient and Medicines Safety
dc.contributor.institutionPrescription and Illicit Drug Misuse
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Life and Medical Sciences
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Postgraduate Medicine
dc.contributor.institutionPostgraduate Medicine
dc.contributor.institutionHealth Services and Medicine
dc.contributor.institutionPublic Health
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
dc.relation.schoolSchool of Life and Medical Sciences
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review

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