A New Dimension of Health Care

Systematic Review of the Uses, Benefits, and Limitations of Social Media for Health Communication

About the Course:

This paper reviews the current published literature regarding the uses, benefits, and limitations of social media for health communication among the general public, patients, and health professionals. This paper discusses these uses, benefits, and limitations in detail, and identifies current gaps in the literature to provide recommendations for future health communication research.

Journal/Publisher:

Journal of Medical Internet Research

Publication Date:

Vol 15, No 4 (2013): April

Author

S Anne Moorhead, PhD, MSc; Diane E Hazlett, PhD, MSc; Laura Harrison, MSc; Jennifer K Carroll, MD, MPH; Anthea Irwin, PhD; Ciska Hoving, PhD

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the use of social media for health communication. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the uses, benefits, and limitations of social media for health communication among the general public, patients, and health professionals.

  2. Identify gaps in the literature and discuss recommendations for future health communication research.

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