Posted in Ehealth, Nursing

Social Media Use Within Nursing

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The last decade has seen tremendous growth in the use of communication technology within healthcare. Along with the rise of various eHealth technologies during the early 2000s, the recent increased prevalence of socially-driven Internet technology (social media) has begun to impact the nursing profession in a number of salient fashions.

Nursing education and practice are two areas which have been influenced by the evolving communication modalities that social media technologies can facilitate. Regardless, the nursing profession as a whole has been remarkably slow to recognize and study these new modalities of communication facilitated by the evolution of social media.

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Posted in #HIT, E-Patient, Health Literacy

Health literacy in health information technology

Dominic Mack writes:

‘In the middle of “Health Information Technology” (HIT) is the word “Information”. Information for whom?

HIT is all about information about the patient for the patient. The patient must be able to understand to a certain degree what is happening with their health in order to participate in their well being. Studies have shown that patients teaching patients in the community result in better retention of information than a health professional teaching a patient. This model is effective because of the cultural relationship and sensitivity which leads to a better understanding among the learners.

We should ask ourselves: if our patients are leaving our practices with little understanding of their illnesses, how does all this technology change things? The patient centered approach is more than giving an on time appointment, wowing the consumer with technology, and having them feel good walking out the door.’

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What do web-use skill differences imply for online health information searches?

‘Findings related to Web-use skills differences suggest two classes of interventions to facilitate access to good-quality online health information.

Challenges related to attitudes and technical skills should be remedied by improving people’s basic Web-use skills. In particular, Web users should be taught how to avoid information overload by generating specific search terms and to avoid low-quality information by requesting results from trusted websites only.

Problems related to discovery may be remedied by visually labeling search engine results according to quality criteria.’

J Med Internet Res 2012;14(3):e87

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