Journal Article

Nationwide online social networking for cardiovascular care in Korea using Facebook

Changsun Kim, Bo Seung Kang, Hyuk Joong Choi, Young Joo Lee, Gu Hyun Kang, Wook Jin Choi and In Ho Kwon

in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association

Published on behalf of American Medical Informatics Association

Volume 21, issue 1, pages 17-22
Published in print January 2014 | ISSN: 1067-5027
Published online May 2013 | e-ISSN: 1527-974X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001465
Nationwide online social networking for cardiovascular care in Korea using Facebook

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Abstract

To examine the use of online social networking for cardiovascular care using Facebook. All posts and comments in a Facebook group between June 2011 and May 2012 were reviewed, and a survey was conducted. A total of 298 members participated. Of the 277 wall posts, 26.7% were question posts requesting rapid replies, and 50.5% were interesting cases shared with other members. The median response time for the question posts was 16 min (IQR 8–47), which tended to decrease as more members joined the group. Many members (37.4%) accessed the group more than once a day, and more than half (64%) monitored the group posts in real time with automatic notifications of new posts. Most members expressed confidence in the content posted. Facebook enables online social networking between physicians in near-real time and appears to be a useful tool for physicians to share clinical experience and request assistance in decision-making.

Keywords: social network; cardiac care

Journal Article.  3108 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Statistics and Methodology ; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology ; Biomathematics and Statistics

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