Effect of social media in health care and orthopedic surgery

Orthopedics. 2012 Apr;35(4):294-7. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20120327-05.


With the growth of social media platforms, their potential to affect health care, and orthopedics specifically, continues to expand. We reviewed the literature to obtain all pertinent information on social media in health care and examined its strengths and weaknesses from patient and physician perspectives. Health care professionals have slowly begun to use social media to stay connected with patients. The recent use of networking sites aims to improve education, provide a forum to discuss relevant medical topics, and allow for improved patient care. The use of social media, with the understanding of its limitations, may help promote patient happiness and safety and serve as an educational platform.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Promotion / statistics & numerical data*
  • Orthopedics / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Education as Topic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Social Media / statistics & numerical data*