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The Use of Social Media Among Physicians and Nurses FREE TO VIEW

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

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Chest. 2016;149(4_S):A233. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.02.242
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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: Communications with the healthcare providers have been a challenge. Almost 74% of the online adult uses social networking sites. Doctors and nurses are not immune to this trend. This study was conducted to understand the use of social media and how it differs among nurses and doctors.

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 69 doctors and 152 nurses who filled out a 35-question survey.

RESULTS: The percentage of doctors and nurses using social media was identical at 88% for each group. There was also no significant difference in the amount of time on social media with 66.7% of doctors spending more than 30 minutes a day and 69.1% of nurses (P>0.05). 10.4% of doctors and 3.3% of nurses contribute to medical forums online (P-value 0.03). Of doctors 37.9% thought online information regarding disease processes were correct and 47.5% of nurses thought the same (P-Value 0.53). Yet, 61.5% of doctors and 56.8% of nurses encourage their patients to read about their disease processes online (P-value: 0.02). 72.2% of nurses and 38.2% of doctors were aware of the social media policies in their hospital (p<0.005).

CONCLUSIONS: Physicians and nurses use social media just as frequently if not more than the general population. While the amount of time spent on social media is about the same, more doctors contribute to medical forums. Although more than half of doctors and nurses encourage their patients to read about their disease processes online, less than half of them believe that the information regarding disease processes online is correct. Very few physicians know about their institution social media policy.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: This knowledge can help the institution formulating adequate social media policy and ensure creating innovative methods to disseminate information.

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

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