Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.2196/33680
Title: The Impact and Applications of Social Media Platforms for Public Health Responses Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Systematic Literature Review
Authors: Gunasekeran, Dinesh Visva 
Chew, Alton
Chandrasekar, Eeshwar K
Rajendram, Priyanka
Kandarpa, Vasundhara
Rajendram, Mallika
Chia, Audrey 
Smith, Helen
Leong, Choon Kit 
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Health Care Sciences & Services
Medical Informatics
digital health
social media
big data
population health
blockchain
COVID-19
review
benefit
challenge
public health
DIGITAL HEALTH
CARE
Issue Date: 11-Apr-2022
Publisher: JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC
Citation: Gunasekeran, Dinesh Visva, Chew, Alton, Chandrasekar, Eeshwar K, Rajendram, Priyanka, Kandarpa, Vasundhara, Rajendram, Mallika, Chia, Audrey, Smith, Helen, Leong, Choon Kit (2022-04-11). The Impact and Applications of Social Media Platforms for Public Health Responses Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Systematic Literature Review. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH 24 (4). ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.2196/33680
Abstract: Background: Social media platforms have numerous potential benefits and drawbacks on public health, which have been described in the literature. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed our limited knowledge regarding the potential health impact of these platforms, which have been detrimental to public health responses in many regions. Objective: This review aims to highlight a brief history of social media in health care and report its potential negative and positive public health impacts, which have been characterized in the literature. Methods: We searched electronic bibliographic databases including PubMed, including Medline and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Xplore, from December 10, 2015, to December 10, 2020. We screened the title and abstracts and selected relevant reports for review of full text and reference lists. These were analyzed thematically and consolidated into applications of social media platforms for public health. Results: The positive and negative impact of social media platforms on public health are catalogued on the basis of recent research in this report. These findings are discussed in the context of improving future public health responses and incorporating other emerging digital technology domains such as artificial intelligence. However, there is a need for more research with pragmatic methodology that evaluates the impact of specific digital interventions to inform future health policy. Conclusions: Recent research has highlighted the potential negative impact of social media platforms on population health, as well as potentially useful applications for public health communication, monitoring, and predictions. More research is needed to objectively investigate measures to mitigate against its negative impact while harnessing effective applications for the benefit of public health.
Source Title: JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/229837
ISSN: 1438-8871,1438-8871
DOI: 10.2196/33680
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