Quality of healthcare information on social media

18 July, 2022

HI Ben,

For those of us concerned about the quality of SM sourced information there is an interesting Brief Report coming in the July edition of the Journal of the National Cancer institute. When 50 of the most popular social media articles on each of the 4 most common cancers were reviewed (n=200) 65 (32.5%) contained misinformation and 61 (30.5%) contained harmful information. Furthermore, the authors report that the median number of engagements for articles with misinformation was greater than for factual articles. The link is https://doi.org/10.1093/jnci/djab141

Stay watchful,

Mark Lodge

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