There is a large and growing amount of literature concerning the use of social media by patients and caregivers. The authors of this article proposed to “map” and evaluate the state of the existing literature, with a view to critical appraisal. They found that a large proportion of the studies to date have been descriptive, while some other studies which have purported to have examined the effectiveness of social media in bringing about positive outcomes have tended to report positive conclusions even in the absence of significant results. The authors imply that further robust research is required.
Hamm, M.P. Chisholm, A. [and] Shulhan, J. [et al] (2013). Social media use among patients and caregivers: a scoping review. BMJ Open, May 9th 2013; 3: e002819.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].