HLT 362 Select a research article, other than the articles from your assignments, from the GCU library

HLT 362 Select a research article, other than the articles from your assignments, from the GCU library

HLT 362 Select a research article, other than the articles from your assignments, from the GCU library

Title: “The Impact of Social Media in Modern Healthcare”

The article that I have selected is called “The Impact of Social Media in Modern Healthcare” and it was published in the International Journal of Health Sciences in 2016. The purpose of this study was to “investigate the impact of social media on modern healthcare from the perspective of healthcare professionals.” The researchers used a survey to collect data from a total of 1,005 healthcare professionals from all over the world. The results of the study showed that social media has had a positive impact on healthcare, particularly in terms of communication, education, and patient care.

 Overview of study

The study used a survey to collect data from healthcare professionals from all over the world. The sample was selected from the population by the researchers in order to investigate the impact of social media on modern healthcare.


 Effectiveness of the sampling method selected


The sampling method selected for this study was effective because it allowed the researchers to collect data from a large number of healthcare professionals from all over the world. This allowed them to get a better understanding of how social media has impacted healthcare from the perspective of those who work in the field.


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Furthermore, the results showed how social media functioned as a disciplining tool where nurses used social media

HLT 362 Select a research article, other than the articles from your assignments, from the GCU library
HLT 362 Select a research article, other than the articles from your assignments, from the GCU library

to raise awareness among other people regarding the right of ‘COVID-19- behavior’. This is in line with other studies showing that social media is used by both professionals and laymen to spread facts for educational purposes and raise awareness about the situation’s gravity . Timotijevic shows that the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the complex interaction between political judgement, ideological orientations of governments, and medical expert advice forming this medico-political discourse. Nurses are regarded as medical experts in relation to COVID-19, which makes their voice particularly legitimate for people who support the medical speech accurate on COVID-19 and the need for the ‘new normal’ of behaviors . However, what is understood as (true) information, misinformation or disinformation is dependent on the viewpoint of the information consumers and influences potentially affecting their perspectives . In a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, people are more likely to follow an official announcement, or order, than in so-called ordinary social situations , where the nurses’ voices in social media are a prolonged voice of the official guidelines regarding COVID-19. Healthcare professionals’, including nurses, use of social media can contribute to rapid dissemination by providing people with the latest medico-political knowledge and useful practices for handling COVID-19 . In that way, social media functions as a channel to raise people in the right COVID-19 spirit and consolidate the medico-political understanding of (accurate) information and (proper) knowledge.

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Haas S, Swan BA, Jessie AT. The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the Global Nursing Workforce. Nursing Economic$ 2020. Sep-Oct;38(5):231–237.

Thank you for your post. Social media has greatly influenced many aspects of our society, particularly healthcare. Through social networking sites, blogs, forums, and similar platforms, it has become easier for people to find health information and get the care they need (Srivastava, M., & Raina, M. (2022).

However, the use of social media in healthcare is not without challenges. Concerns over breaches of patient privacy, the abundance of unreliable health resources, violation of personal–professional boundaries, and many others have surfaced over the past years, which makes both the public and health professionals question the impact of social media on health care (Srivastava, M., & Raina, M. (2022).

Social media is one of the most popular channels used by healthcare providers (HCPs) to communicate with their patients and promote health. Perhaps the biggest benefit of social media in healthcare is information dissemination (Srivastava, M., & Raina, M. (2022). It allows health institutions and organizations to share discoveries, research, health tips and recommendations, and relevant news to the people.

Healthcare professionals use social media to promote their services and provide better care to their patients.

When used responsibly, social media can be a powerful tool to promote health education, build positive HCP-patient relationships, and improve healthcare quality (Srivastava, M., & Raina, M. (2022).


Srivastava, M., & Raina, M. (2022). The impact and success of health-care-related social media usage – pre- and post-COVID analysis. International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing16(4), 624–644. https://doi-org.lopes.idm.oclc.org/10.1108/IJPHM-10-2020-0092

Social media provide HCPs with tools to share information, to debate health care policy and practice issues, to promote health behaviors, to engage with the public, and to educate and interact with patients, caregivers, students, and colleagues.HCPs can use social media to potentially improve health outcomes, develop a professional network, increase personal awareness of news and discoveries, motivate patients, and provide health information to the community.

Physicians most often join online communities where they can read news articles, listen to experts, research medical developments, consult colleagues regarding patient issues, and network. There they can share cases and ideas, discuss practice management challenges, make referrals, disseminate their research, market their practices, or engage in health advocacy.A growing minority of physicians also uses social media to communicate directly with patients to augment clinical care.

A survey of more than 4,000 physicians conducted by the social media site QuantiaMD found that more than 90% of physicians use some form of social media for personal activities, whereas only 65% use these sites for professional reasons. Nearly a third of physicians have reported participating in social network. However, both personal and professional use of social media by physicians is increasing.


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Article overview

The article I selected is called “Selective immunoglobulin A deficiency in children with diabetes mellitus: Data from a medical center in Ukraine.” This article reports a study done in western Ukraine. The goal of the study was to estimate the prevalence of selective immunoglobulin A  deficiency (SIgAD) among children with type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM). (Selective IgA deficiency is an immune system condition in which you lack or don’t have enough immunoglobulin A (IgA), a protein that fights infection) (MayoClinic.org). According to this article, SIgAD is one of the most common primary immunodeficiencies, and its prevalence ranges from 1:300 to 1:3000 depending o the population.  SIgAD is diagnosed in children older than four years with serum IgA below 7mg/dL, with normal immunoglobulins G (IgG) and M(IgM) and other causes of hypogammaglobulinemia and T cells defects ruled out.  In addition, the article also reports that this deficiency is a heterogeneous condition with a multifactorial mechanism and its pathogenesis is not completely understood and typically is associated with defects in B cells failing to produce IgA and T cell abnormalities and cytokine abnormalities also may play a role on this deficiency.



Strategy used


In this cross-sectional study, 240 children aged 4 to 17 years old with diabetes mellitus (DM) were picked in a time frame, from March 2019 to November 2021. All the children participating in this study were referred to the Endocrinology Unit of Ternopil Regional Children’s Hospital. The control group included 324 children from the outpatient department of Ternopil Regional Children’s Hospital that were admitted during the same period (from March 2019 to November 2021).

The exclusion criteria for the control group included PID, acute period of respiratory disease and gastroenteritis, autoimmune and allergic disease and none of the patients with DM and of the control group received immunoglobulin replacement therapy or immunosuppressive therapy (Boyarchuk, 2022).


This study used convenience sampling (a Non-probability sampling method). In this method, the investigators enroll subjects according to their availability and accessibility (Elfil, 2017). It is convenient sampling because the researcher selects the sample elements, in this case, the 240 children with DM and 324 children as the control group with the aim of estimating the prevalence of SIgAD among children with type 1 diabetes mellitus in Ternopil region (western Ukraine) (Boyarchuk, 2022).


Effectiveness of the sampling method selected


The sampling method in this study was effective. In this method, the investigators enrolled subjects in a control group and a convenient group. The study allowed the population of interest to have an equal chance of being included and there was no sampling bias. The study revealed realistic results. The results showed that patients with low IgA levels need further re-testing of IgA levels to exclude SIgAD. Children with SIgAD and DM should be monitored for autoimmune manifestations that may affect the course and consequences of the disease (Elfil, 2017).


Boyarchuk, O., Dobrovolska, L., & Svystunovych, H. (2022). Selective immunoglobulin A deficiency in children with diabetes mellitus: Data from a medical center in Ukraine. PLoS ONE, 17(11), 1–9. https://doi-org.lopes.idm.oclc.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0277273

Mayo Clinic (2022).  Selective IgA Deficiency. Retrieved February 8, 2023 from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/selective-iga-deficiency/symptoms-causes/syc-20362236#:~:text=Selective%20IgA%20deficiency%20is%20an,don’t%20have%20recurrent%20infections.


Elfil, M., & Negida, A. (2017). Sampling methods in Clinical Research; an Educational Review. Emergency (Tehran, Iran), 5(1), e52.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5325924/