Exploratory Workshop team publishes papers

February 13, 2014

The interdisciplinary team behind the Peter Wall Institute’s February 2013 Exploratory Workshop on social media and health have published three papers and a guest editorial in a special thematic issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Social media is a powerful, popular and rapidly evolving way of communication amongst people around the world. Questions remain, however, about how health professionals and patients can best use this strategy during the course of disease management and prevention to support overall wellness.

The group’s work highlights how the Institute continues to serve as a powerful catalyst for important, multi-disciplinary research.

Follow the links below to learn more:

Harnessing the Social Web for Health and Wellness: Issues for Research and Knowledge Translation
Kendall Ho, Peter Wall Workshop Participants

Social Media: A Review and Tutorial of Applications in Medicine and Health Care
Francisco Jose Grajales III, Samuel Sheps, Kendall Ho, Helen Novak-Lauscher, Gunther Eysenbach

Enabling Community Through Social Media
Anatoliy Gruzd, Caroline Haythornthwaite

Sociotechnical Challenges and Progress in Using Social Media for Health
Sean A Munson, Hasan Cavusoglu, Larry Frisch, Sidney Fels

The Harnessing the Social Web: Communities for Health and Wellness Exploratory Workshop team recently held a follow up public forum in collaboration with the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council, which organizers credit as a direct result of last year’s Peter Wall workshop. The online component of the February 2014 event generated an impressive 1.59 million impressions over two hours, propelled the #sm4health Twitter conversation to trending status in Canada and included 56 virtual participants in addition to a live in-house audience.