AuthorLy, Justin A.
Kogan, Elizabeth G.
Hannan, Zachary D.
Eurich, Jennifer T.
Solarz, Mark K.
Abdelfattah, Hesham M.
DepartmentOrthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/9030
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AbstractBackground: Recently social media use within healthcare has increased significantly. Today, it is common for patients to browse the Internet, including physicians’ social media pages, to learn about their medical conditions and search for providers. The purpose of this study is to analyze the use of social media among hand surgeons, and to compare this use between academic and private surgeons. Methods: Using the American Society for Surgery of the Hand’s (ASSH) online directory, all active members practicing within the ten most populated U.S. cities were identified. Social media presence was determined by an Internet search of platforms. Members were stratified by practice model (academic vs. private). Chi-square and t-tests were used to compare categorical and continuous variables, and a multivariable logistic regression was performed for the binary variable practice model. Results: Two hundred and fifty-six hand surgeons were identified with 150 (59%) in academic and 106 (41%) in private practice. For ResearchGate accounts, 51 (82%) were academic and 11 (18%) were private. Mean PubMed publications was 38 for academic and 9 for private. YouTube presence was 69 (70%) in academic and 29 (30%) in private. On multivariable analysis, the odds of having ResearchGate and YouTube presence were higher for academic practice. There was no statistically significant difference by practice type for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Conclusions: With the recent social media expansion, surgeons have adopted social media platforms to reach patients. While the literature has shown that private practices are more active in social media, our results show they are not more active than academic practices in the ten most populated U.S. cities. Level of Evidence: IV
CitationLy JA, Kogan EG, Hannan ZD, et al. Social Media Use Among Hand Surgeons. Orthopedic Reviews. 2022;14(3). doi:10.52965/001c.38324
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Has partOrthopedic Reviews, Vol. 14, Iss. 3
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