April 21, 2015

Social media beliefs and usage among family medicine residents and practicing family physicians.

This study of family medicine residents and practicing physicians found that appropriate social media use needs to be taught early in medical education.  (Fam Med. 2015 Mar;47(3):222-6.)
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April 17, 2015

Using social media for support and feedback by mental health service users: thematic analysis of a twitter conversation.

Online social media appears to be able to facilitate discussion between individuals with mental disorders to share information and develop understanding. It also has the potential to provide feedback to mental health service providers.  (BMC Psychiatry. 2015 Feb 19;15(1):29.)
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April 14, 2015

Obesity is the New Major Cause of Cancer: Connections Between Obesity and Cancer on Facebook and Twitter.

Out of 3702 Facebook and Twitter posts, 59% focused on an associative or causal link between obesity and cancer, reflecting a wide recognition of the evidence linking obesity to an increased risk of cancer. The authors conclude that social media monitoring can provide a measure of public health risk perception.  (J Cancer Educ. 2015 Apr 14.)
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March 7, 2015

Perspectives on social media in and as research: A synthetic review.

This review article looks at the use of social media by medical researchers. Methodological approaches have not been standardized. Social media can act as a tool for recruitment, data collection, and analysis. Social media can also act as raw data.  (Int Rev Psychiatry. 2015 Mar 5:1-12.)
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March 5, 2015

Live tweeting in medicine: Tweeting the meeting

Tweeting during medical meetings is becoming more popular, and has the added benefit of generating off-line discussions and journal club interest.  (Int Rev Psychiatry. 2015 Mar 4:1-7.)
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February 13, 2015

Social media in communicating health information: an analysis of facebook groups related to hypertension.

Most hypertension-related Facebook groups evaluated in this study focused on disease awareness. Of the most recent posts, about 20% were focused on product or service promotion. About 20% were related to hypertension awareness. Facebook group activity was associated with group size (OR 1.02), likes on the most recent wall post (OR 3.6), and presence of attached files on the group wall (OR 5).  (Prev Chronic Dis. 2015 Jan 29;12:E11.)
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