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Charmi Shah

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 17:56

Thank you Max for this wonderful summary, and to Dr. Mullin and Dr. Swan for presenting very relevant and stimulating MGR topics.
 
One of the greatest benefits of social media in my opinion is its ability to engage patients. The relationship between medical professionals and their patients can sometimes be unidirectional, but this is not always ideal. Healthcare professionals (HCPs) want patients to be engaged in their care and be active members in the decision-making process. Social media provides HCPs with the tools to share information, educate, increase awareness, and interact with patients and caregivers. These factors can help empower the patients to engage in their health care and increase shared decision-making.

With the increasing involvement of social media in health care, online posts and claims from medical professionals are often viewed as expert opinions and hold weight. I do believe that HCPs should experience workshops in their schooling that highlight productive social media use, so it was fantastic to hear about this taking place in the Nephrology Social Media Collective internship, as mentioned by Caitlyn. 

Currently, the most pertinent issue with social media appears to be the spread of misinformation. I have seen many HCPs on many social media platforms debunking the “fake news” and spreading evidence-supported information. The CDC constantly sends updates that provide readers with accurate COVID-19 information in an easy-to-read manner; such as https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html and in pictures: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/27/2/20-3139-f1. I look forward to the creative solutions medical professionals will continue employing to delegitimize misinformation.

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Charmi Shah

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