Eighty-five percent of primary care physicians and oncologists use social media at least once a week to find new health information, according to a recent study published online by the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The study also found that 60 percent said social media helps them provide better care, reports American Medical News.
About 21 percent use social media to find new medical information on a daily basis, and 14.2 percent contribute to the information daily. Sixty-one percent scan on a weekly basis, and 46 percent contribute. Fifty-eight percent believe social media is a beneficial way to get current and quality information.
Researchers sent out 1,685 surveys and received 485 responses. The study was restricted to social media use for professional development and lifelong learning, not personal use.
Many physicians debate the pros and cons of closed versus open social media sties. Closed atmospheres appeal because they appear safer, yet public platforms like Twitter open innumerable options and contacts.