Can social media change health behavior?
I recently shared on Facebook, this article by Brandon Cohen, “A Wiser Way to Use Facebook.” In it, Brandon asks:
Are social media outlets (such as Facebook) useful places to educate the public about health? Or is this counterproductive to the goal of a transparent, well-informed, public discourse on issues of treatment and prevention?
A friend pointed out that this is a good topic for discussion. Thus, I’ve decided to write it up as a pre-chat blog post for the #HealthXPH tweet chat last February 25.
I’ve also had the privilege of giving two symposium presentations at the 2017 joint annual convention of the Philippine Society of Hypertension and the Philippine Lipid Atherosclerosis Society related to the topic at hand.
After the first presentation, a senior physician approached me. He was bothered about my thoughts on the use of social media for public health. He asked me how many hours I spend on blogging and posting as Endocrine Witch. He was worried that his patients will now begin to expect more contact with him on social media, when he doesn’t even give out his cellphone number.
“Shouldn’t all the discussion be done at the clinic during the consult? When I go home, I want to concentrate on my family and not have to talk anymore with my patients,” he said.
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