Welcome to this Current Awareness Bulletin on Social Media and Health.
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About Social Media
Sassoon, D., Gunderman, RB. Pitfalls of Social Media. Journal of the American College of Radiology. Article in Press 29th Sept 2017. "Social media can entertain, provoke, and even inform us. But when it comes to fostering our most important professional resources - wisdom, compassion, and dedication - they too often have too little to offer. Link here.
Callcut, RA., Moore, S., Wakam, G., et al. Finding the signal in the noise: could social media be utilized for early hospital notification of multiple casualty events? PLoS One 12(10):e0186118. "Social media data has demonstrated that this mechanism is a powerful, predictable, and potentially important resource for optimizing disaster response." Link here.
Education and Training
Carrington, JM., Pace, TWW., Sheppard, KG., et al. (2017) Using Twitter to teach evidence-based practice in Doctor of Nursing practice degree program. Clinical Nurse Specialist 31(6):349-352. "Twitter has been found to be useful as a tool to enhance course communication about assignments as well as a creative means for discussion with students on topics of interest. Here we present how we have incorporated Twitter into an evidence-based nursing practice course for DNP students and include exemplar assignments. Link here.
Olusanya, O., Day, J., Kirk-Bayley, J., Szakmany, T. (2017)Free Open Access Med(ical ed)cation for critical care practitioners. Journal of the Intensive Care Society 18(1):2-7. Free Open Access Med(ical edu)cation refers to an online community of knowledge relating to medicine. Originating from practitioners in emergency medicine, it has since spread to critical care, internal medicine, prehospital medicine, paediatrics, and allied professionals and continues to grow at an advanced rate. Weblogs ('blog' for short), emails, social media (in particular Twitter), recorded audio material (podcasts), and video material are all produced on a daily basis and contribute to the continual professional development of trainees and consultants worldwide. In this article, we explain its background, rise to prominence, and explore some of its controversies. Link here.
Yancy, NR. (2017) Social media and teaching-learning: connecting or distancing? Nursing Science Quarterly 30(4): 303 - 306. " The focus of this column is on using social media as a teaching-learning tool in the shared journey of coming to know, which is so essential for the aspiring nurse". Link here.
Reece, AG, Reagan, AJ., Lix, KLM., et al. Forecasting the onset and course of mental illness with Twitter data. Scientific Reports 7, Article No 13006. " We developed computational models to predict the emergence of depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Twitter users." Link here.
Mental Health, Impact
Marino, C., Gina, G., Vieno, A., Spada, MM. (2017) The association between problematic Facebook use, psychological distress and well-being among adolescents and young adults: a systematic review and meta analysis. Journal of Affected Disorders 226: pp274-281. " The results are discussed within the extant literature on problematic Facebook use and future research direction are proposed. This research may also inform clinical and prevention interventions on problematic Facebook use." Link here
Ostergaard, SD., T(2017) Taking facebook at face value: why the use of social media may cause mental disorder. (editorial). Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 136(5):439-440. "If the use of social media such as Facebook does compromise mental health, we may be facing a global epidemic of mental disorders, which probably has its largest impact on the younger generation that use these applications the most." Link here.
Hart, M., Stetten, N., Islam, S., Pizarro, K. (2017) Twitter and Public Health (Part 1): How individual public health professionals use twitter for professional development. JMIR Public Health Surveillance 3(3):e60. "For public health professionals in this study, Twitter is a platform best used for their networking and professional development. Furthermore, the use of Twitter allows public health professionals to overcome a series of barriers and enhances opportunities for growth. Link here
Hart, M., Stetten, N., Islam, S., Pizarro, K. (2017) Twitter and Public Health (Part 2): Qualitative analysis of how individual health professionals outside organisations use microblogging to promote and disseminate health-related information. JMIR Public Health Surveillance 3(4):e54. "Using twitter, public health professionals are helping dispel misinformation through education and by translating technical research into lay terms, advocating for health inequalities and using it as a means to promote professional development". Link here.
Jang, SM., Mckeever, BW., Mckeever, R., Kim, JK. (2017) From social media to mainstream news: the information flow of the vaccine-autism controversy in the US, Canada, and the UK. Health Communications, Published online 13 Oct 2017, pg 1-8. Link here.
Griffiths, A., Leaver, MP. (2017) Wisdom of patients: predicting the quality of care using aggregated patient feedback. BMJ Quality and Safety 28 September. "The collective judgement score can successfully identify a high-risk group of organisations for inspection, is available at a more granular level than the majority of existing data sets. The collective judgement score could therefore be used to help prioritise inspections. Link here.
Biedermann, N. (2017) The use of Facebook for virtual asynchronous focus groups in qualitative research. Contemporary Nurse 4th October: pg 1-20. " This paper outlines the advantages and disadvantages of this unique data source as a means of capturing the voices of a hard-to-reach population". Link here.
O'Donnell, NH., Willoughby, JF. Photo-sharing social media for eHealth: analysing perceived message effectiveness of sexual health information on Instagram. Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine 12 October 2017, pg 1-11. "Health professionals increasingly use social media to communicate health information, but it is known how visual message presentation on these platforms affects message reception. This study used an experiment to analyse how young adults perceive sexual health messages on Instagram". Link here.
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