Journal article

Health outcomes and related effects of using social media in chronic disease management: A literature review and analysis of affordances

Mark Merolli, Kathleen Gray, Fernando Martin-Sanchez

Journal of Biomedical Informatics | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2013

Abstract

Whilst the future for social media in chronic disease management appears to be optimistic, there is limited concrete evidence indicating whether and how social media use significantly improves patient outcomes. This review examines the health outcomes and related effects of using social media, while also exploring the unique affordances underpinning these effects. Few studies have investigated social media's potential in chronic disease, but those we found indicate impact on health status and other effects are positive, with none indicating adverse events. Benefits have been reported for psychosocial management via the ability to foster support and share information; however, there is less e..

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