A toothache? So, let’s tweet it!
Reported by Medical News Today:
“The microblogging service Twitter is a new means for the public to communicate health concerns and could afford health care professionals new ways to communicate with patients. With the growing ubiquity of user-generated online content via social networking Web sites such as Twitter, it is clear we are experiencing a revolution in communication and information sharing. (…)
Researchers demonstrated that Twitter users are already extensively sharing their experiences of toothache and seeking advice from other users (…)
Of those tweets, 83% were primarily categorized as a general statement of dental pain, 22% as an action taken or contemplated, and 15% as describing an impact on daily activities. Among the actions taken or contemplated, 44% reported seeing a dentist, 43% took an analgesic or antibiotic medication and 14% actively sought advice from the Twitter community. (…)
This paper highlights the potential of using social media to collect public health data for research purposes,” said the journal editor. “Utilizing Twitter is an interesting, early stage approach with potential impact in the assessment of large sets of population information.” (…)
… the extensive reach of Twitter is currently being used successfully in public health to distribute health information to the segments of the public who access Twitter, but there are major limitations and challenges to be overcome before Twitter and its data products can be used for routine public health surveillance.
The Use Of Twitter For Public Health Surveillance Of Dental Pain. Medical News Today, posted on 20th of July 2011.