March 24, 2015

VIDEO: Negative online reviews don’t have to hurt your practice : Family Practice News

VIDEO: Negative online reviews don’t have to hurt your practice : Family Practice News

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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Communicating Ebola through social media and electronic news media outlets: A cross-sectional study.

News outlets were the major influence upon the content of Twitter messages during the Ebola outbreak. The authors of this research suggest that health care organizations can benefit from developing social media campaigns in co-operation with leading electronic news media outlets.  (Health Informatics J. 2015 Feb 5..)
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Features predicting weight loss in overweight or obese participants in a web-based intervention: randomized trial.

There was no significant difference in weight loss among participants randomly assigned to weight-loss focused websites featuring: a) information only, b) supportive-based, or c) personalized-supportive.  (J Med Internet Res. 2012 Dec 12;14(6):e173)
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January 28, 2015

Kids: Picture Me Smoke-Free

BACKGROUND: Young adults have rates of tobacco use that a too high.

QUESION: is it feasible to engage young adults with smoking cessation messages via online social networking?

METHODS: 60 young adults participated in an online Facebook photo group.

RESULTS: Facebook appears to be an accessible, low-cost platform for engaging young adults with stop smoking messages. A mixed gender and gender neutral group appears to be best.

CONCLUSIONS: Tobacco interventions should be embedded within existing social networking platforms, rather than designing a stand-alone online prevention or intervention resource.

J Med Internet Res. 2015;17(1):e27