Translating evidence into practice via social media: A mixed-methods study

Stephen Maloney, Jacqueline Tunnecliff, Prue Morgan, Jamie GAIDA, Lynette Clearihan, Sivalal Sadasivan, David Davies, S. R. Ganesh, Patitapaban Mohanty, John Weiner, John Reynolds, Dragan Ilic

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    Background: Approximately 80% of research evidence relevant to clinical practice never reaches the clinicians delivering patient care. A key barrier for the translation of evidence into practice is the limited time and skills clinicians have to find and appraise emerging evidence. Social media may provide a bridge between health researchers and health service providers. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of social media as an educational medium to effectively translate emerging research evidence into clinical practice. Methods: The study used a mixed-methods approach. Evidence-based practice points were delivered via social media platforms. The primary outcomes of attitude, knowledge, and behavior change were assessed using a preintervention/postintervention evaluation, with qualitative data gathered to contextualize the findings. Results: Data were obtained from 317 clinicians from multiple health disciplines, predominantly from the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, India, and Malaysia. The participants reported an overall improvement in attitudes toward social media for professional development (P
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere242
    Pages (from-to)1-1
    Number of pages1
    JournalJournal of Medical Internet Research
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


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