Do you read disease-related pages on Facebook?  Do others use it to glean information to further enhance their healthcare options or are the posts simply promotional material?

These questions were looked at by a study  from Harvard Medical School, Partners HealthCare’s Center for Connected Health and Stanford University School of Medicine. Researchers found and reported on the following information.


How Are Disease-Related Facebook Pages Used?
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A study published in the Journal of Medical purchase ventolin inhaler Internet Research finds:

  • 32.2% of Facebook pages about diseases are for marketing and promotional purposes
  • 20.7% provide information and awareness
  • 15.5% is reported in a “wikipedia style
  • 9.4% is for general social support.

Note only  9.4% of such pages are used for general social support in comparison to the material issued for promotional benefits.

How are you using information you read on Facebook related to diseases?  Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comment box below.