Review: Use of social media among intern doctors in regards to COVID-19

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Review: Use of social media among intern doctors in regards to COVID-19

Review: Use of social media among intern doctors in regards to COVID-19

This study showed that although interns recognize misinformation on social media, only about a third of physicians check the authenticity of information before sharing it.

The majority of interns in this study (65%) use social media to gain COVID-19 information, particularly via Facebook (87%). About half of interns simply read the title for information and then 37% of those share that information. Most interns noted that social media spread rumors and misinformation, yet only 35% check the information’s authenticity. By sharing unverified, non-evidenced based information, health professionals are contributing to the infodemic. Health professionals have a responsibility to search, read, and share authentic and evidence-based news to maximize precaution and minimize unnecessary panic related to COVID-19.

|2020-05-18T08:47:23-04:00May 18th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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