Social Media and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: a Review of Online Resources and Communities
Purpose of Review
Social media has dramatically changed the access and exchange of information in healthcare and beyond. A variety of platforms and resources exist allowing blood and marrow transplant providers, researchers, and patients to interact. We review the adoption of social media by the transplantation community.
Social media allows on-demand access to the latest developments at national and international meetings, newly published research articles, facilitates networking with colleagues, participation in advocacy, and promoting available clinical trials. For the modern transplantation provider, the scope and ease of access to these benefits are unparalleled. Social media serves as a gateway to access relevant resources and communities for both providers and patients as it pertains to transplantation.
We demonstrate the utilization and applications of social media among stem cell transplantation providers, patients, and other affiliated stakeholders. A variety of resources and communities have enhanced and increased the opportunities for engagement.
KeywordsSocial media Hematopoietic cell transplantation Twitter Hashtags Handles
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Conflict of Interest
Navneet S. Majhail reports financial support from Anthem, Inc., outside the submitted work. Sagar S. Patel declares that they have no conflict of interest.
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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
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