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Currently submitted to: JMIR Dermatology

Date Submitted: Oct 7, 2020
Open Peer Review Period: Oct 7, 2020 - Dec 2, 2020
(currently open for review)

Warning: This is an author submission that is not peer-reviewed or edited. Preprints - unless they show as "accepted" - should not be relied on to guide clinical practice or health-related behavior and should not be reported in news media as established information.

Risks and Benefits of Using Social Media in Dermatology: Cross-Sectional Questionnaire Study

  • Moshe Y Bressler; 
  • Eugene Grudnikoff; 
  • Yaakov Bressler; 
  • Rebecca Tamez; 
  • John G Zampella

ABSTRACT

Background:

Dermatological information on social media (SM) is often presented by non-dermatologists. Increasing online engagement by trained dermatologists may improve information quality, patient education and care.

Objective:

To assess dermatologists’ perceptions of SM and patterns of use to identify barriers limiting engagement.

Methods:

In our cohort study, a 36-item online survey was distributed to dermatologists in the United States; responses were captured on a 1-100 sliding scale.

Results:

128 valid responses were submitted. Dermatologists showed greater concern for SM risk-related issues than potential benefits (mean score 77.9±15.1 vs. 61.8±16.4, p<.0001). Leading concerns were poor patient care, non-evidence-based information, and breaching patient privacy. Benefits included inter-physician collaboration, patient education, and public health awareness. The most avid SM users were Millennials, and along with Baby Boomers, were more optimistic than Generation X dermatologists about SM use benefits. Predictors showing intent to increase future SM use were younger age, integration into professional use, and optimistic view (r2=.39, p<.0001).

Conclusions:

Dermatologists perceive SM's risks to be considerable, but still intend to increase its use, likely recognizing the value and importance of SM to the field.


 Citation

Please cite as:

Bressler MY, Grudnikoff E, Bressler Y, Tamez R, Zampella JG

Risks and Benefits of Using Social Media in Dermatology: Cross-Sectional Questionnaire Study

JMIR Preprints. 07/10/2020:24737

DOI: 10.2196/preprints.24737

URL: https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/24737

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