A person can find an online support group by visiting the Healthfinder.gov directory of support groups, as listed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is prudent to find an online support group that is run by a national agency, advises Healthline.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a list and a brief introduction to organizations and national agencies that offer online support groups, such as the Lung Cancer Alliance and the American Cancer Society. It also provides links to the Web pages of these organizations, notes HHS.
Healthline provides lists of specific online support groups dealing with specific conditions such as HIV and Crohn's disease. Users of online support groups should be cautious when giving out personal details and beware of misinformation, warns Healthline.