Journal article

Tweets by People With Arthritis During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Content and Sentiment Analysis

Danielle Berkovic, Ilana N Ackerman, Andrew M Briggs, Darshini Ayton

Journal of Medical Internet Research | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence suggests that people with arthritis are reporting increased physical pain and psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, Twitter's daily usage has surged by 23% throughout the pandemic period, presenting a unique opportunity to assess the content and sentiment of tweets. Individuals with arthritis use Twitter to communicate with peers, and to receive up-to-date information from health professionals and services about novel therapies and management techniques. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this research was to identify proxy topics of importance for individuals with arthritis during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to explore the emotional context o..

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Grants

Awarded by Musculoskeletal Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

DB received a PhD scholarship from Musculoskeletal Australia to conduct this research [PURE ID #230581862]. INA is supported by a Victorian Health and Medical Research Fellowship from the Victorian Government.