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Social Media for Health Researchers

An introductory guide to tools, methods, and ethical issues.

Journal Databases

The Journal of Medical Internet Research

Founded in 1999, the Journal of Medical Internet Research is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal focusing on emerging technologies, medical devices, apps, engineering, telehealth and informatics applications for patient education, prevention, population health and clinical care. The Journal of Medical Internet Research regularly features articles on how health/medical researchers are using social media to understand health behavior.

Search Tips

The social media landscape changes daily, so the issues surrounding social media as a research tool are constantly evolving. So it is always a good idea to keep up with how health sciences researchers are using social media. Here are some recommended keywords and phrases to use when doing a literature search in our online databases.

PubMed Keywords

  • "Social Media"[Mesh]) AND "Research Design"[Mesh]
  • "social media analytics"[TIAB] AND "name of disease or condition"[TIAB]
  • "social media analysis"[TIAB] AND "name of disease or condition"[TIAB]

CINAHL Keywords

social media AND content analysis AND name of disease or condition

Embase Keywords

'social media analysis' AND 'name of disease or condition'

APA PsycInfo Keywords

social media analytics

social media AND data mining

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