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Social support in women with potential Essure-related complaints: an analysis of Facebook group content
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  • Daniëlle van Gastel,
  • Marjolein Antheunis,
  • Kim Tenfelde,
  • Theodoor Nieboer,
  • Marlies Bongers
Daniëlle van Gastel
Maastricht UMC+

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Marjolein Antheunis
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Kim Tenfelde
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Theodoor Nieboer
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Marlies Bongers
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Objective: To evaluate the use of social support in a Facebook community of Essure® Problems Netherlands. Design: All post in the Facebook group between March 8 and May 8 of 2018 were included. Setting: A closed online Facebook group named: Essure Problems Netherlands. Population: All members of the Facebook community. Methods: In total 3,491 Facebook posts were analysed using a modified version on the social support behaviour code created by Cutrona and Suhr (1992). Main Outcome Measures: Posts were abstracted and aggregated into a database. Two investigators evaluated the posts, developed a modified version on the social support behaviour code book, and applied codes to data. Results: Results show that 92% messages contained a form of social support. In 68,8% of posting social support was given and in 31,2% social support was received. Informational and emotional support are the most frequently used form of given social support (53.4 and 43.6%, respectively). The same distribution is seen with receiving social support: informational support in 81,5% and emotional in 17,4% of the cases. Conclusions: The main purpose of women in the Essure® problems group was to give and receive informational and/or emotional support.