The rapidly increasing usefulness of social media in urogynecology

Alexandriah Alas, Kamran Sajadi, Howard B. Goldman, Jennifer T. Anger

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Abstract

Objective: We assessed the availability and quality of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse information in social medias and the growth of such information in the past 13 months. Methods: We focused on the most popular social medias (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube) to evaluate the key words "urogynecology,'' "pelvic organ prolapse,'' "stress incontinence,'' "urge incontinence,'' and "incontinence.'' Initial evaluation included top 30 search results for key word "incontinence'' to compare with our study in 2010, followed by a secondary search using the top 100 items. Results were classified as useful or not useful and then further categorized by health care providers, others, commercial, or humorous in intent. Results with the intent of providing information were presumed to be informative. Results: Comparative search over a 13-month period showed a stable amount of useful information, 40% to 39%, but an increase in the number of health professionals (22% vs 13%). However, of the 817 search results, 406 (50%) were medically useful. Only 28% were written by health professionals, but of the informative results, 56% were written by health professionals. Finally, specific search terms provided the highest relevant and useful information, but also limited the number of search items found. Conclusions: Over 13 months, there was an increase in useful information presented from health professionals. These changes may reflect the medical community's growing awareness of the usefulness of socialmedia. If these trends continue, we predict the use of these medias for medical purposes will continue to increase among medical professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-213
Number of pages4
JournalFemale Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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Social Media
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Health
Urge Urinary Incontinence
Urinary Incontinence
Health Personnel
Growth

Keywords

  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Social media
  • Stress incontinence
  • Urge incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Surgery
  • Urology

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The rapidly increasing usefulness of social media in urogynecology. / Alas, Alexandriah; Sajadi, Kamran; Goldman, Howard B.; Anger, Jennifer T.

In: Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Vol. 19, No. 4, 2013, p. 210-213.

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Alas, Alexandriah ; Sajadi, Kamran ; Goldman, Howard B. ; Anger, Jennifer T. / The rapidly increasing usefulness of social media in urogynecology. In: Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. 2013 ; Vol. 19, No. 4. pp. 210-213.
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