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Dental Blogs, Podcasts, and Associated Social Media: Descriptive Mapping and Analysis
Journal of Internet Medical Research (2017)
  • Julia Melkers, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus
  • Diana Hicks
  • Simone Rosenblum, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Kimberley R Isett
  • Jacqueline Elliott
Background: Studies of social media in both medicine and dentistry have largely focused on the value of social media for marketing to and communicating with patients and for clinical education. There is limited evidence of how dental clinicians contribute to and use social media to disseminate and access information relevant to clinical care.
Objective: The purpose of this study was to inventory and assess the entry, growth, sources, and content of clinically relevant social media in dentistry.
Methods: We developed an inventory of blogs, podcasts, videos, and associated social media disseminating clinical information to dentists. We assessed hosts’ media activity in terms of their combinations of modalities, entry and exit dates, frequency of posting, types of content posted, and size of audience.
Results: Our study showed that clinically relevant information is posted by dentists and hygienists on social media. Clinically relevant information was provided in 89 blogs and podcasts, and topic analysis showed motives for blogging by host type: 55% (49 hosts) were practicing dentists or hygienists, followed by consultants (27 hosts, 30%), media including publishers and discussion board hosts (8 hosts, 9%), and professional organizations and corporations.
Conclusions: We demonstrated the participation of and potential for practicing dentists and hygienists to use social media to share clinical and other information with practicing colleagues. There is a clear audience for these social media sites, suggesting a changing mode of information diffusion in dentistry. This study was a first effort to fill the gap in understanding the nature and potential role of social media in clinical dentistry.
  • social media,
  • dentistry
Publication Date
July 26, 2017
Citation Information
Julia Melkers, Diana Hicks, Simone Rosenblum, Kimberley R Isett, et al.. "Dental Blogs, Podcasts, and Associated Social Media: Descriptive Mapping and Analysis" Journal of Internet Medical Research (2017) p. e269
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