The goal of healthEspace is to connect Internet users with similar chronic illnesses for the purpose of sharing insight and experience with one another. The site strives to provide users with accurate and reliable health information. The content provided on the healthEspace Web site is provided for the purpose of education, it is not medical advice, nor should the information provided by the site be substituted for medical consultation.
healthEspace’s core service is user-generated content supplemented by editorial content. Members of the healthEspace community share their knowledge and experience with other users in the form of posting questions, answers, and comments within the forum sections of the site; creating their own blogs; and forming relationships through the healthEspace social network. The personal nature of the community section, as well as the frequency of content update, makes significant medical review difficult. However, editorial content, which includes articles, video and audio files, graphics, and photographs, published on the site are subject to medical review.