Utilising social media to educate and inform healthcare professionals, policy-makers and the broader community in evidence-based healthcare.

TitleUtilising social media to educate and inform healthcare professionals, policy-makers and the broader community in evidence-based healthcare.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsKeir A, Bamat N, Patel RMangal, Elkhateeb O, Roland D
JournalBMJ Evid Based Med
Date Published2018 Jul 26
ISSN2515-4478
Abstract

Social media is emerging as key solution to increase collaborative discourse between individuals, institutions and countries. Although evidence of social media’s impact on health policy is limited, its potential to promote knowledge dissemination and provide open forums for critical appraisal of evidence-based literature is increasingly clear. Social media in many ways is the definition of dissemination. It can be an active tool for spreading evidence-based information to a target audience (population) via determined channels (social media platforms) using planned strategies. Social media has a heterogeneous array of definitions as it can describe particular platforms of use (ie, Twitter or Facebook) or a particular methodology of connecting users. Social media in medicine can be defined as any digital media that enables widespread connectivity between users using a defined methodology of approach (ie, blog, podcast and so on).

DOI10.1136/bmjebm-2018-111016
Alternate JournalBMJ Evid Based Med
PubMed ID30049686