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Melinda Chelva

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 11:01

Excellent post Max! Great work highlighting all of the topics that Dr. Mullin and Dr. Swan discussed at the MGR last week.

In my opinion, one of the biggest advantages to social media is its ability to serve as a platform for patients to share their experiences and health journey. Specifically, it can be used to alleviate any stigma associated with sensitive procedures, including weight-reduction surgery.

I was particularly interested to hear that a striking 74% of people use the internet and social media to search for health information (https://doi.org/10.2146/ajhp120115). Knowing this statistic, as Dr. Swan mentioned, it is important to continue to monitor and use online platforms as a way to ensure that patients are continuously being informed with the most latest or up to date research. However, this leads me to the question- who should be responsible for ensuring information on these platforms is relevant and up to date? Should there be one large database (with constantly updated information) that patients are referred to, to search for medical information- will this avoid any inaccurate information from being spread?

With technology evolving, and the world heavily relying on social media, I worry about the future of maintaining “physical” patient-physician relationships. Simi Fromen said it best, “in a world of algorithms, hashtags and followers, [we must] know the true importance of human connection.”

To conclude, it was truly a pleasure to hear the experiences of Dr. Mullin and Dr. Swan, and thank you again Max, for nicely leading the facilitated discussion.

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Melinda Chelva

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