Facebook, Twitter and other social media links to research and interesting articles within the medical field


Take Two Aspirin And Tweet Me In The Morning: How Twitter, Facebook, And Other Social Media Are Reshaping Health Care

`If you want a glimpse of what health care could look like a few years from now, consider “Hello Health,” the Brooklyn-based primary care practice that is fast becoming an emblem of modern medicine. A paperless, concierge practice that eschews the limitations of insurance-based medicine, Hello Health is popular and successful, largely because of the powerful and cost-effective communication tools it employs: Web-based social media. Indeed, across the health care industry, from large hospital networks to patient support groups, new media tools like weblogs, instant messaging platforms, video chat, and social networks are reengineering the way doctors and patients interact.

doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.28.2.361: Health Aff March/April 2009 vol. 28 no. 2 361-368



Medical education and training: ‘Have you seen what is on Facebook?’ The use of social networking software by healthcare professions students.

‘The use of social networking software has become ubiquitous in our society. The aim of this study was to explore the attitudes and experiences of healthcare professional students using Facebook at our school, to determine if there is a need for development of policy to assist students in this area.’

BMJ Open 2013;3:e003013 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003013



Social Media as a Tool in Medicine

Social Media and Clinical Care: ‘Ethical, Professional, and Social Implications’

‘It is an exciting time to practice medicine during our digital “coming of age.” Social media, the freely available Web-based platforms that facilitate information sharing of user-generated content, such as social networking sites, media-sharing sites, blogs, microblogs, and wikis, have transformed the way we communicate as a society. Through community building, message amplification, rapid dissemination, and engagement, social media has changed our interactions with others and, by direct consequence, our relationships. For health care, this represents a veritable social revolution.’

Circulation. 2013; 127: 1413-1421 doi: 10.1161/​CIRCULATIONAHA.112.128017



Social Media as a Tool in Medicine

Digital Social Networks and Health

‘This article documents the emergence of social media, and specifically social network sites (SNS) and their impact on health information–seeking and health-related behaviors. We review surveys of user behavior on SNS to document how health information is being transformed into a social health experience rather than an individual or clinical endeavor. We then turn to the research evidence for how SNS may influence health behaviors. Although there is a substantial literature that provides support for the role of social variables in the genesis and management of health and disease, there is little scientific grounding for how to leverage these variables to improve health in either online or offline milieus. We conclude with recommendations for practice to optimize the use of social media and its contribution to improved health outcomes, and pose a series of questions that may guide the development of a research agenda in this area.’

Circulation. 2013; 127: 1829-1836 doi: 10.1161/​CIRCULATIONAHA.112.000897



Social Media: How Home Health Care Agencies Can Join the Chorus of Empowered Voices

A new concept is revolutionizing the way companies and consumers communicate in the digital age. That concept is social media—online communication that is interactive, collaborative, and democratic. Things that you will learn from this article are the following: What is social media and what does it have to offer the health care community? More important, how can home health care agencies incorporate social media into their marketing plans to speak more directly to their clients?

doi: 10.1177/1084822309343871 Home Health Care Management Practice April 2010 vol. 22 no. 3 213-217



How Facebook Saved Our Day!

Facebook and social media networking applications use is ubiquitous across all ages and cultures. Facebook has finally begun to appear in the medical–scientific press. Today’s medical literature is focused on concerns of professionalism in young health care practitioners vis-à-vis the lay public as they continuously expose themselves through this online social medium.

With over 500 million users, Facebook hosts many of our patients, who are also exposed to the Internet and social media. Nobody so far has considered the opposite issue: that of physician invasion of privacy by “looking-up” a patient on Facebook during clinical practice for purposes of history-taking or diagnostic clues in situations where patients are too ill to provide needed information.

We need to consider the ethical implications of privacy invasion in the current era of information technology. We need to acquire and maintain a certain level of “social media competency” to better debate the issues around Facebook and how we integrate on-line content with our patients’ histories of present illness (HPI) or past medical histories (if at all).

Article first published online: 1 NOV 2011 DOI: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2011.01199.x



What medical educators need to know about "Web 2.0"

"Web 2.0" describes a collection of web-based technologies which share a user-focused approach to design and functionality, where users actively participate in content creation and editing through open collaboration between members of communities of practice. The current generation of students in medical school made Web 2.0 websites such as Facebook and MySpace some of the most popular on the Internet. Medical educators and designers of educational software applications can benefit from understanding and applying Web 2.0 concepts to the curriculum and related websites. Health science schools have begun experimenting with wikis, blogs and other Web 2.0 applications and have identified both advantages and potential problems with these relatively open, student-focused communication tools. This paper reviews the unique features of Web 2.0 technologies, addresses questions regarding potential pitfalls and suggests valuable applications in health science education.’

2008 Informa UK Ltd. DOI: 10.1080/01421590701881673



The Rise of Blogs in Nursing Practice

‘The number of blogs and related online activities continues to grow exponentially each year. Patients increasingly are turning to the Internet for personalized, timely, and relevant health information; blogs remain a large source of that information. Nurses and other healthcare professionals can harness the informational, educational, networking, and supportive power of blogs, as well, and should understand how to access and use blogs for professional use.’

April 2012, Volume 16, Number 2 http://dx.doi.org/10.1188/12.CJON.215-217