HLT 362 Topic 2 DQ 1 The Impact of Social Media in Modern Healthcare

Topic 2 DQ 1

Feb 6-8, 2023

Select a research article, other than the articles from your assignments, from the GCU library. Provide an overview of the study and describe the strategy that was used to select the sample from the population. Evaluate the effectiveness of the sampling method selected. Provide support for your answer. Include the article title and permalink in your post.

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Feb 7, 2023, 11:40 AM

Amber Jones

Feb 9, 2023, 7:23 PM

Title: “The Impact of Social Media in Modern Healthcare”

The article that I have selected is called “The Impact of Social Media in Modern Healthcare” and it was published in the International Journal of Health Sciences in 2016. The purpose of this study was to “investigate the impact of social media on modern healthcare from the perspective of healthcare professionals.” The researchers used a survey to collect data from a total of 1,005 healthcare professionals from all over the world. The results of the study showed that social media has had a positive impact on healthcare, particularly in terms of communication, education, and patient care.


Overview of study

HLT 362 Topic 2 DQ 1 The Impact of Social Media in Modern Healthcare

HLT 362 Topic 2 DQ 1 The Impact of Social Media in Modern Healthcare


The study used a survey to collect data from healthcare professionals from all over the world. The sample was selected from the population by the researchers in order to investigate the impact of social media on modern healthcare.


Effectiveness of the sampling method selected


The sampling method selected for this study was effective because it allowed the researchers to collect data from a large number of healthcare professionals from all over the world. This allowed them to get a better understanding of how social media has impacted healthcare from the perspective of those who work in the field.


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Mirna Garcia

replied toAmber Jones

Feb 9, 2023, 9:18 PM

Hello Amber,

Good pick! “The Impact of Social Media in Modern Healthcare.” We cannot argue that the rise of social media has impacted our world with some disadvantages and advantages. Social media when used correctly and under guidelines to prevent these risks, it is a great tool to be utilized in the healthcare industry.  Social media has many tools that healthcare providers can take advantage of. For example, networking platforms, blogs, media-sharing sites, and more (Ventola, 2014). Social media can be utilized to improve healthcare through patient education, public health programs, telehealth, and health promotion, just to mention some. According to the article



“Social Media and Health Care Professionals: Benefits, Risks, and Best Practices,” Healthcare providers can use social media to potentially improve health outcomes, develop a professional network, increase personal awareness of news and discoveries, motivate patients, and provide health information to the community (Ventola, 2014).


I enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for sharing.





Ventola C. L. (2014). Social media and health care professionals: benefits, risks, and best practices. P & T : a peer-reviewed journal for formulary management, 39(7), 491–520.




  • Cornelius Ayoyi

replied toAmber Jones

Feb 10, 2023, 8:33 AM

I like the study you picked Amber. Social media matters across industries and health care is no exception. As more people have become active on social media, the medical field has embraced it and now incorporates social media into a number of health care strategies. Leaders in public health realize they can build comprehensive public health care plans through social media platforms and social media-driven strategies. About 44% of individuals who research hospitals and doctors online end up scheduling an appointment, according to a study by Compete, Inc. According to the Southern Medical Association, 88% of physicians research medical tools and biotech data through the internet and social media platforms and According to research by Pew Research Center, 70% of the caregivers in their study said they looked online for medical advice and answers.


Ohio university online master of public health. (2020). The role of social media in health care. https://onlinemasters.ohio.edu/blog/social-media-in-healthcare/.

  • Elda Pierre

replied toCornelius Ayoyi

Feb 11, 2023, 5:33 PM

Hello Cornelius,

Furthermore, the results showed how social media functioned as a disciplining tool where nurses used social media to raise awareness among other people regarding the right of ‘COVID-19- behavior’. This is in line with other studies showing that social media is used by both professionals and laymen to spread facts for educational purposes and raise awareness about the situation’s gravity . Timotijevic shows that the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the complex interaction between political judgement, ideological orientations of governments, and medical expert advice forming this medico-political discourse. Nurses are regarded as medical experts in relation to COVID-19, which makes their voice particularly legitimate for people who support the medical speech accurate on COVID-19 and the need for the ‘new normal’ of behaviors . However, what is understood as (true) information, misinformation or disinformation is dependent on the viewpoint of the information consumers and influences potentially affecting their perspectives . In a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, people are more likely to follow an official announcement, or order, than in so-called ordinary social situations , where the nurses’ voices in social media are a prolonged voice of the official guidelines regarding COVID-19. Healthcare professionals’, including nurses, use of social media can contribute to rapid dissemination by providing people with the latest medico-political knowledge and useful practices for handling COVID-19 . In that way, social media functions as a channel to raise people in the right COVID-19 spirit and consolidate the medico-political understanding of (accurate) information and (proper) knowledge.

Felice C, Di Tanna GL,Zanus G, Grossi U. Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Healthcare Workers in Italy: Results from a National E-Survey. J Community Health. 2020. Aug;45(4):675–683. doi: 10.1007/s10900-020-00845-5 ; PMCID: PMC7242177.


Haas S, Swan BA, Jessie AT. The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the Global Nursing Workforce. Nursing Economic$ 2020. Sep-Oct;38(5):231–237.