Integrating Social Media into Urologic Health care: What Can We Learn from Other Disciplines?

A healthcare social media research article published in Current Urology Reports, January 31, 2016

Title
Integrating Social Media into Urologic Health care: What Can We Learn from Other Disciplines?
Authors (alpha)
Declan G. Murphy, Hendrik Borgmann, Johannes Salem
Published
January 31, 2016
Journal
Current Urology Reports
Impact Factor
1.597
DOI
10.1007/s11934-015-0570-2
Pubmed
26757907
Altmetric
A healthcare social media research article published in Current Urology Reports, January 31, 2016

Abstract

Social media (SoMe) have become an integral part in many aspects of personal and professional life. With current uptake rates of 50-70 % among urologists, SoMe platforms merit huge potential for dissemination of information and professional exchange among stakeholders in urology. Application of SoMe includes conference conversations via tweet chats, health education via YouTube videos, and Twitter online journal clubs. In addition, a number of urology journals have embraced SoMe to allow rapid dissemination of their content and engagement with their readers. Guidance for the appropriate use of SoMe is provided to urologists by several organizations. Besides urology, other disciplines have adopted SoMe for a variety of areas: continuing professional development, awareness of rare diseases, recruitment of study participants, patient education and support, and publicizing research. Openness to new approaches is the basic prerequisite for a transfer of successful concepts embraced by other specialties, to the field of urology.


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