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A New Dimension of Health Care: Systematic Review of the Uses, Benefits, and Limitations of Social Media for Health Communication


Social media is changing the nature and speed of health care interaction between individuals and health organizations. The general public, patients, and health professionals are using social media to communicate about health issues.

In the United States, 61% of adults search online and 39% use social media such as Facebook for health information. Social media adoption rates vary in Europe; for example, the percentage of German hospitals using social networks is in “single figures”, whereas approximately 45% of Norwegian and Swedish hospitals are using LinkedIn, and 22% of Norwegian hospitals use Facebook for health communication.

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