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The article, Is Social Media Changing the Doctor-Patient Relationship?, states
“Results from two recent surveys reaffirm longstanding trends in the ways patients of different ages use social media and the internet to access health information and communicate with physicians. The surveys’ findings also illustrate the growing importance of social media in the doctor-patient relationship and underscore the communication challenges family physicians face while trying to meet the needs of a diverse patient base.
Social Media: To Friend or Not to Friend?
The first survey,(www.osteopathic.org) conducted on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), asked questions about social media use and the sharing of health information. Of the 2,204 U.S. adults surveyed, 551 were ages 18 to 34 and were categorized as millennials by the AOA.
Among the results:
- 54 percent of millennials and 42 percent of all adults either are or would like to be friends with or follow their health care professional on social media.
- 65 percent of millennials and 43 percent of all adults think it is appropriate to use social media to contact their physician about a health issue, either by posting a message on the physician’s web page or via direct message.
- 32 percent of those surveyed have taken a health-related action such as modifying their diet, taking a dietary supplement, changing their exercise routine or trying an alternative treatment based on information they read on social media. (The survey did not indicate whether adults consulted with their physician before taking a health action.)
- 15 percent of parents with children younger than 18 have self-diagnosed a health concern based on information they read on social media.”
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