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Social Media Use Among Health Care Providers: <40 Year vs >40 Years FREE TO VIEW

Lauren Quisenberry, BS; Zoya Surani; Saherish Surani; Sivakumar Sudhakaran, BS; Salim Surani, MD
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Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX

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Chest. 2016;149(4_S):A234. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.02.243
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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: 74% of the online adult uses social media, but the use declines with age. 89% of adults under 30 use social media while 49% of adults over 65 use social media. This study was conducted to understand how healthcare workers above and below the age of 40 use social media.

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: 217 participants were under the age of 40 and 151 were over 40. 91.2% of participants under 40 and 84.1% over 40 used social media (p=0.03). 78.3% of participants under the age of 40 and 62.3% of participants over 40 used social media more than 30 minutes a day (p=0.001). 85.3% of participants under the age of 40 and 68.2% of those over 40 have been involved in social media for more than a year (p=0.0001). 71.7% of participants under 40 and 42.7% of participants over 40 use social media before going to bed (p<0.00001) There was no significant difference between the age groups of those that thought social media was a waste of time, took away from their family time, or took away from their sleep.

CONCLUSIONS: Health care workers under age of 40 are more involved in social media. Though the use varies, the thoughts on the negative aspects of social media did not vary significantly between the age groups.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: The difference in the social media utilization may help in tailoring educational programs or marketing strategies based on differences in social media based on age.

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

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