Understanding the influence of social media in medicine: lesson learned from facebook
- Author(s): Savas, Jessica A
- Huang, Karen E
- Tuchayi, Sara Moradi
- Feldman, Steven R
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5070/D3209023923
Atopic dermatitis is a very common chronic skin disease. With increasing number of patients searching social media outlets such as Facebook for medical information, social media can be used by physicians as a powerful educational tool. We analyzed the unmoderated Q&A series on Facebook begun by members of National Eczema Association Scientific Advisory Committee. Four respondents accounted for more than 50% of all responses and the most common were negative posts about topical steroids (61%). Possible strategies to accomplish the safe dissemination of information in a public forum may include a moderator role for physicians.