Hanna Suominen, Leif Hanlen and Cécile Paris

6 Twitter for health – building a social media search engine to better understand and curate laypersons’ personal experiences

Abstract: Healthcare professionals, trainees, and laypersons increasingly use social media over the Internet. As a result, the value of such platforms as a vital source of health information is widely acknowledged. These technologies bring a new dimension to health care by offering a communication medium for patients and professionals to interact, share, and survey information as well as support each other emotionally during an illness. Such active online discussions may also help in realizing the collective goal of improving healthcare outcomes and policies. However, in spite ...

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