Utilization of social media communities for caregiver information support in stroke recovery: An analysis of content and interactions

Elton H Lobo, Tara Johnson, Anne Frølich, Finn Kensing, Lene J Rasmussen, Sarah M Hosking, Amy T Page, Patricia M Livingston, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam, John Grundy, Mohamed Abdelrazek

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Caregivers often use the internet to access information related to stroke care to improve preparedness, thereby reducing uncertainty and enhancing the quality of care.

METHOD: Social media communities used by caregivers of people affected by stroke were identified using popular keywords searched for using Google. Communities were filtered based on their ability to provide support to caregivers. Data from the included communities were extracted and analysed to determine the content and level of interaction.

RESULTS: There was a significant rise in the use of social media by caregivers of people affected by stroke. The most popular social media communities were charitable and governmental organizations with the highest user interaction-this was for topics related to stroke prevention, signs and symptoms, and caregiver self-care delivered through video-based resources.

CONCLUSION: Findings show the ability of social media to support stroke caregiver needs and practices that should be considered to increase their interaction and support.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0262919
Pages (from-to)e0262919
JournalPLoS One
Volume17
Issue number1 January
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

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