Reference : Conducting primary care research using social media
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Conducting primary care research using social media
Lygidakis, Charilaos mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) >]
Neves, Ana Luísa [Imperial College London > Centre for Health Policy, Institute of Global Health Innovation > > ; University of Porto > Centre for Health Technology and Services Research (CINTESIS) & Department of Community Medicine, Information and Health Decision Sciences (MEDCIDS)]
Laranjo, Liliana [Macquarie University > Australian Institute of Health Innovation]
Pinho-Costa, Luís [Gondomar Health Centres’ Cluster, Portugal]
1st ed.
How To Do Primary Care Research
Goodyear-Smith, Felicity
Mash, Robert
CRC Press
WONCA Family Medicine
[en] primary health care ; social media ; research ; family medicine
[en] Social media offers great potential in primary care research. Online platforms can be used to conduct experimental studies, facilitating the recruitment and retention of participants, as well as the delivery of the intervention. As patients are increasingly able to use information technology to help make informed decisions about their health care, reports show that the use of social media for health-information seeking is not limited to the younger demographics anymore. Notably, patients seem to be willing to share their health data in communities of peers, such as PatientsLikeMe, and actively engage with researchers. Additionally, publicly available social media data can be used for secondary analysis purposes, potentially contributing to the monitoring of health topics and disease surveillance. Finally, social media tools can be used to streamline the management of research projects and facilitate team collaboration.
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