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Patient discussions of glucocorticoid-related side effects within an online health community forum

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  • Handling editor Josef S Smolen

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  • Contributors WGD conceived the study. AV performed the analyses and drafted the manuscript. MB contributed to the data analysis. GN provided computer science technical support and expertise regarding automated language processing. All authors reviewed and approved the final version of this text.

  • Funding The work was supported by the Centre for Epidemiology Versus Arthritis (20380). AV is supported by a National Institute for Health and Research (NIHR) funded Academic Clinical Fellowship. MB is funded by an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) PhD fellowship.

  • Competing interests WGD has received consultancy fees from Google and Bayer, unrelated to this work.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research. Refer to the Methods section for further details.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Ethics approval University of Manchester Research Ethics Committee, review by Computer Science ethics (ID CS 257).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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