Cristin-resultat-ID: 928187
Sist endret: 24. november 2016 09:33
NVI-rapporteringsår: 2012
Vitenskapelig artikkel

Social media in health - what are the safety concerns for health consumers?

  • Annie Y.S. Lau
  • Elia Gabarron
  • Luis Fernandez-Luque og
  • Manuel Armayones


Health Information Management Journal
ISSN 1833-3583
e-ISSN 1833-3575
NVI-nivå 1

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2012
Volum: 41
Hefte: 2
Sider: 30 - 35


Scopus-ID: 2-s2.0-84862334809
Isi-ID: 000305329200004

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Social media in health - what are the safety concerns for health consumers?


Recent literature has discussed the unintended consequences of clinical information technologies (IT) on patient safety, yet there has been little discussion about the safety concerns for consumer health IT. This paper presents a range of safety concerns for consumers in social media, with a case study on YouTube. We conducted a scan of abstracts on quality criteria related to YouTube. Five areas regarding the safety of YouTube for consumers were identified: (a) harmful health material targeted at consumers (such as inappropriate marketing of tobacco or direct-to- consumer drug advertising); (b) public display of unhealthy behaviour (such as people displaying self-injury behaviours or hurting others); (c) tainted public health messages (i.e. the rise of negative voices against public health messages); (d) psychological impact from accessing inappropriate, offensive or biased social media content; and (e) using social media to distort policy and research funding agendas. The examples presented should contribute to a better understanding about how to promote a safe consumption and production of social media for consumers, and achieve an evidence-based approach to designing social media interventions for health. The potential harm associated with the use of unsafe social media content on the Internet is a major concern. More studies are needed to examine how social media influences consumer health decisions, behaviours and outcomes, and devise ways to deter the dissemination of harmful influences in social media.


Annie Y.S. Lau

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved University of New South Wales
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Elia Dolores Gabarron Hortal

Bidragsyterens navn vises på dette resultatet som Elia Gabarron
  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Nasjonalt senter for e-helseforskning ved Universitetssykehuset Nord-Norge HF

Luis Fernández Luque

Bidragsyterens navn vises på dette resultatet som Luis Fernandez-Luque
  • Tilknyttet:
    ved NORCE Teknologi ved NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS

Manuel Armayones

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Spania
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