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ABSTRACT: An exploration of the use of social media by surgical colleges

Background: Social media use has become common for organisations in surgery, however the nature and reach of these communications is unknown. This study aimed to characterise and compare the use of "Twitter" by five prominent organisations in surgery. Study Design: Data were collected from Twitter and the scale, reach, nature

ABSTRACT: The impact of social media on readership of a peer-reviewed medical journal.

PURPOSE: Social media microblogging has made major inroads in physician education and information exchange. The authors evaluated their early experience with Twitter "tweet chat" sessions as a medium to expand the reach and audience of a peer-reviewed radiology journal. METHODS: The authors analyzed Twitter activity metadata tagged with the #JACR hashtag from the

MANUSCRIPT: Mapping physician Twitter networks: describing how they work as a first step in understanding connectivity, information flow, and message diffusion.

BACKGROUND: Twitter is becoming an important tool in medicine, but there is little information on Twitter metrics. In order to recommend best practices for information dissemination and diffusion, it is important to first study and analyze the networks. OBJECTIVE: This study describes the characteristics of four medical networks, analyzes their theoretical dissemination potential,

ABSTRACT: Naturally Occurring Peer Support through Social Media: The Experiences of Individuals with Severe Mental Illness Using YouTube.

Increasingly, people with diverse health conditions turn to social media to share their illness experiences or seek advice from others with similar health concerns. This unstructured medium may represent a platform on which individuals with severe mental illness naturally provide and receive peer support. Peer support includes a system of

ABSTRACT: Is It Okay to Choose a Children’s Hospital Based on Social Media Presence? Comparing Social Media Metrics to Hospital Quality.

Social media is becoming an increasingly important communication tool. Hospitals use social media sites to provide the public with accurate and up-to-date medical information, for marketing purposes, and to connect patients with physicians and other patients. Patients use social media to find information about hospitals and providers and to help

ABSTRACT: Analysis of the Social Network Development of a Virtual Community for Australian Intensive Care Professionals

Social media platforms can create virtual communities, enabling healthcare professionals to network with a broad range of colleagues and facilitate knowledge exchange. In 2003, an Australian state health department established an intensive care mailing list to address the professional isolation experienced by senior intensive care nurses. This article describes the

MANUSCRIPT: Social media and rating sites as tools to understanding quality of care: a scoping review.

BACKGROUND: Insight into the quality of health care is important for any stakeholder including patients, professionals, and governments. In light of a patient-centered approach, it is essential to assess the quality of health care from a patient's perspective, which is commonly done with surveys or focus groups. Unfortunately, these "traditional" methods

ABSTRACT: How can research keep up with eHealth? Ten strategies for increasing the timeliness and usefulness of eHealth research.

BACKGROUND: eHealth interventions appear and change so quickly that they challenge the way we conduct research. By the time a randomized trial of a new intervention is published, technological improvements and clinical discoveries may make the intervention dated and unappealing. This and the spate of health-related apps and websites may lead

MANUSCRIPT: Growing a professional network to over 3000 members in less than 4 years

BACKGROUND: Use of Web 2.0 and social media technologies has become a new area of research among health professionals. Much of this work has focused on the use of technologies for health self-management and the ways technologies support communication between care providers and consumers. This paper addresses a new use of

ABSTRACT: What is appropriate to post on social media? Ratings from students, faculty members and the public

BJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to ascertain what medical students, doctors and the public felt was unprofessional for medical students, as future doctors, to post on a social media site, Facebook(®) . The significance of this is that unprofessional content reflects poorly on a student, which in turn can