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Do Patients “Like” Good Care?

Do Patients “Like” Good Care? | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

With the growth of Facebook, public health researchers are exploring the platform’s uses in health care. However, little research has examined the relationship between Facebook and traditional hospital quality measures. The authors conducted an exploratory quantitative analysis of hospitals’ Facebook pages to assess whether Facebook “Likes” were associated with hospital quality and patient satisfaction. The 30-day mortality rates and patient recommendation rates were used to quantify hospital quality and patient satisfaction; these variables were correlated with Facebook data for 40 hospitals near New York, NY. The results showed that Facebook “Likes” have a strong negative association with 30-day mortality rates and are positively associated with patient recommendation. These exploratory findings suggest that the number of Facebook “Likes” for a hospital may serve as an indicator of hospital quality and patient satisfaction. These findings have implications for researchers and hospitals looking for a quick and widely available measure of these traditional indicators.

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

Will this result in bias for hospital outcomes?  Assume internet use is a proxy for wealth and education. Will internet / Facebook underuse in groups such as the poor, minorities and the elderly result in different patient populations with different health care characteristics using different.hosptials by this metric?

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Social Media for Cardiologists

Social Media for Cardiologists | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it
Should cardiologists be interested in social media? Do they follow their colleagues on Twitter? Is it better for physicians not to join Facebook?

Drs Seth Bilazarian & Westby Fisher sit down with heartwire's Shelley Wood to talk about how they got their start in social media and why they think their colleagues should join this worldwide conversation.

> Two experts (Shelly and Wes) & a Social Media Novice (me) encourage cardiologists to engage these new information platforms.

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