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Lauren Quisenberry; Zoya Surani; Saherish Surani; Zaid Kajani; Salim Surani, MD
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Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX

Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.

Chest. 2016;149(4_S):A231. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.02.240
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SESSION TITLE: Education and Quality Improvement

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

PURPOSE: Approximately 74% of the online adult uses social networking sites. The use of social media in the workplace is ever increasing. Hospitals are not immune to this trend. This study was conducted to assess the prevalence of social media use among healthcare workers.

METHODS: The study was conducted after approval from the IRB. An anonymous paper survey was conducted among healthcare workers at the local hospitals. There were a total of 368 healthcare workers who filled out a 35-question survey.

RESULTS: 30% were male and 70% were female healthcare workers. 97.6% owned a mobile device that was capable of accessing social media. Eighty-eight percent of the participants used some form of social media and 30.4% use social media at work. Of the participants that use social media at work, 78.9% spent less than 25% of their social media time related to work activities. 68% of the healthcare workers use social media greater than 30 minutes a day. Also, 89.8% of participants have been active on social media for at least one year. Only 59.2% of healthcare workers knew of their hospital’s social media policy.

CONCLUSIONS: The uses of social media among healthcare workers are in line with the general public. Approximately 40% of the health care workers are unaware of their hospital’s social media policy.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: It is also important that healthcare workers understand what their hospital’s policies are in regard to social media use. This could prevent both hospitals and healthcare workers from running into social media related issues in the future.

DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Lauren Quisenberry, Zoya Surani, Saherish Surani, Zaid Kajani, Salim Surani

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