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Can I get a retweet please? Health research recruitment and the Twittersphere

Published on Mar 1, 2014in Journal of Advanced Nursing2.38
· DOI :10.1111/jan.12222
L. A. O’Connor6
Estimated H-index: 6
(PSU: Plymouth State University),
Leigh Jackson13
Estimated H-index: 13
(PSU: Plymouth State University)
+ 1 AuthorsHeather Skirton28
Estimated H-index: 28
(PSU: Plymouth State University)
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Aim To evaluate the social networking site Twitter™ as a vehicle for recruitment in online health research and to examine how the Twitter community would share information: the focus of our study was the antenatal experience of mothers of advanced maternal age. Background One result of growth in worldwide Internet and mobile phone usage is the increased ability to source health information online and to use social media sites including Facebook and Twitter. Although social media have been used in previous health research, there is a lack of literature on the use of Twitter in health research. Design A cross-sectional survey. Method We report a novel recruitment method via a social networking site between May and August 2012. Through a Twitter account, we tweeted and requested other Twitter users to retweet our invitation to be involved in the study. Tweets contained a unique URL directing participants to an online survey hosted on the Survey Monkey™ website. Findings Over 11 weeks, 749 original tweets were posted by the researcher. A total of 529 mothers accessed the survey as a result of 359 researcher tweets and subsequent retweets that were seen by Twitter users. The survey was fully completed by 299 (56·5%) participants. Conclusion Twitter is a cost-effective means of recruitment, enabling engagement with potentially difficult-to-reach populations, providing participants with transparency, anonymity and a more accessible method by which to participate in health research.
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Published on Aug 1, 2015in Journal of Biomedical Informatics2.95
Bruno Silva11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UBI: University of Beira Interior),
Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues36
Estimated H-index: 36
(KSU: King Saud University)
+ 2 AuthorsKashif Saleem14
Estimated H-index: 14
(KSU: King Saud University)
Display Omitted An extensive review of the state of the art on m-Health and related approaches.Study of the scientific developments/break-through on m-Health.Analysis of the top mobile health applications in the top mobile markets.Discussion about current and open issues on m-Health services and technologies. Health telematics is a growing up issue that is becoming a major improvement on patient lives, especially in elderly, disabled, and chronically ill. In recent years, information and communi...
Published on May 1, 2013in Journal of Advanced Nursing2.38
Lea Godino5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UNIBO: University of Bologna),
Daniela Turchetti16
Estimated H-index: 16
(UNIBO: University of Bologna),
Heather Skirton28
Estimated H-index: 28
(PSU: Plymouth State University)
Aim To report a study of Italian nurses' understanding of genetics. The objectives were to explore nurses' basic knowledge of genetics, their perceptions of the relevance of genetics and their opinions about the role of the genetic nurse. Background As the knowledge of the genetic basis for disease has developed, pressure to give genetic healthcare services for a larger number of individuals has increased. Specialist genetic nurses currently work in many countries; however, there are very few sp...
Published on Dec 1, 2012in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making2.07
Ray Jones32
Estimated H-index: 32
(PSU: Plymouth State University),
L. A. O’Connor6
Estimated H-index: 6
(PSU: Plymouth State University)
+ 2 AuthorsHeather Skirton28
Estimated H-index: 28
(PSU: Plymouth State University)
Background Better use of e-health services by patients could improve outcomes and reduce costs but there are concerns about inequalities of access. Previous research in outpatients suggested that anonymous personal email support may help patients with long term conditions to use e-health, but recruiting earlier in their 'journey' may benefit patients more. This pilot study explored the feasibility and cost of recruiting patients for an e-health intervention in one primary care trust.
Published on Jul 1, 2012in Tobacco Control6.22
Judith J. Prochaska49
Estimated H-index: 49
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Cornelia Pechmann26
Estimated H-index: 26
+ 1 AuthorsJames M. Leonhardt5
Estimated H-index: 5
Objective Widely popular, Twitter, a free social networking and micro-blogging service, offers potential for health promotion. This study examined the activity of Twitter quit smoking social network accounts. Design A cross-sectional analysis identified 153 activated Twitter quit smoking accounts dating back to 2007 and examined recent account activity for the month of August 2010. Results The accounts had a median of 155 followers and 82 total tweets per account; 49% of accounts had >100 tweets...
Published on Jun 1, 2012in Journal of Advanced Nursing2.38
Jean Gilmour15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Massey University),
Annette Huntington15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Massey University)
+ 2 AuthorsMona Hawkins1
Estimated H-index: 1
gilmour j.a., huntington a., broadbent r., strong a. & hawkins m. (2012) Nurses’ use of online health information in medical wards. Journal of Advanced Nursing68(6), 1349–1358. Abstract Aim. This paper is a report of a study of nurses’ access, use and evaluation of online health information in medical wards. Background. Online health information is commonly used by patients with chronic illness to support their education needs. Nurses have a critical role in assisting patients to access and use ...
Published on Apr 1, 2012in Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing2.50
Jennifer Fisher1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Margaret F. Clayton13
Estimated H-index: 13
Background: Social media (SoMe) use is quickly accelerating in healthcare delivery. Evidence-based SoMe use may improve patient engagement and communication, leading to better outcomes. Aim: To assess patient use of and preferences regarding SoMe in their health care. Methods: A descriptive survey was conducted using an 11-item questionnaire that was completed by 111 patients at an outpatient family practice clinic in Southern Utah, USA. Age, gender, health status, current or future SoMe use, pr...
Published on Jan 1, 2012
Jung P. Shim21
Estimated H-index: 21
(MSU: Mississippi State University),
Sasha Dekleva8
Estimated H-index: 8
(DePaul University)
+ 3 AuthorsDaniel Mittleman1
Estimated H-index: 1
(JMU: James Madison University)
Published on Sep 29, 2011
Amy Mollett2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Danielle Moran2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Patrick Dunleavy34
Estimated H-index: 34
Twitter is a form of free micro-blogging which allows users to send and receive short public messages called tweets. Tweets are limited to no more than 140 characters, and can include links to blogs, web pages, images, videos and all other material online. You can start tweeting in 10 minutes, anytime, from your computer, smart phone or tablet. By following other people and sources you are able to build up an instant, personalized Twitter feed that meets your full range of interests, both academ...
Published on Sep 1, 2011in Journal of Dental Research5.13
Natalie Heaivilin3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UCSF: University of California, San Francisco),
Barbara Gerbert36
Estimated H-index: 36
(UCSF: University of California, San Francisco)
+ 1 AuthorsJennifer L. Gibbs13
Estimated H-index: 13
(UCSF: University of California, San Francisco)
On Twitter, people answer the question, “What are you doing right now?” in no more than 140 characters. We investigated the content of Twitter posts meeting search criteria relating to dental pain. A set of 1000 tweets was randomly selected from 4859 tweets over 7 non-consecutive days. The content was coded using pre-established, non-mutually-exclusive categories, including the experience of dental pain, actions taken or contemplated in response to a toothache, impact on daily life, and advice s...
Published on Aug 26, 2011
Mary Madden14
Estimated H-index: 14
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Kathryn Zickuhr10
Estimated H-index: 10
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Published on May 30, 2018in Health Informatics Journal2.30
Marina Bastawrous Wasilewski2
Estimated H-index: 2
(U of T: University of Toronto),
Jennifer N. Stinson2
Estimated H-index: 2
+ 1 AuthorsJill I. Cameron2
Estimated H-index: 2
(U of T: University of Toronto)
Twitter has the potential to optimize research conduct, but more research is needed around the nature of study-related tweets and strategies for optimizing reach. In the context of our caregiving study, we aimed to describe the nature and extent of study-related tweets, the extent to which they were shared by others, and their potential reach. To do so, we conducted a secondary analysis of our Twitter recruitment. We aggregated and categorized study-related tweets and analyzed the reach of the 1...
Roderick J. A. Little60
Estimated H-index: 60
(UM: University of Michigan),
Brady T. West38
Estimated H-index: 38
(UM: University of Michigan)
+ 1 AuthorsJingwei Hu
Published on Sep 14, 2017in Early Child Development and Care
V. Harries1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Swansea University),
BrownAmy19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Swansea University)
ABSTRACTThe transition to motherhood can be challenging. The baby book market has taken advantage of this, publishing a range of books that suggest adopting strict routines for infant sleep, feeding, and general care. Despite their multi-million sales, their impact has not been established. The aim of this study was to explore the maternal experience of using these books, and the association with maternal well-being. Three hundred and fifty-four mothers with an infant aged 0–12 months reported u...
Published on Jun 10, 2019in Journal of Health Psychology2.26
Karen Leigh Bouchard1
Estimated H-index: 1
(U of O: University of Ottawa),
Heather Tulloch18
Estimated H-index: 18
(U of O: University of Ottawa)
Qualitative methods are integral to the systematic development of effective health behavioral interventions, as noted in recent translational models, such as the Obesity-Related Behavioral Interven...
Published on Feb 15, 2019in Qualitative Research in Psychology1.52
Jessica B. A. Sipes (Curtin University), Lynne D. Roberts21
Estimated H-index: 21
(Curtin University),
Barbara Mullan31
Estimated H-index: 31
(Curtin University)
ABSTRACTThis research note adds to a growing body of literature supporting Skype as an effective method for conducting interviews by describing its use in research on a sensitive topic in psychology. Considerations before beginning research and the advantages and disadvantages of using Skype in sensitive topics research are discussed. Drawing on our own research using voice-only Skype for conducting research into sexual identity, we conclude that Skype can be an effective method for getting deta...
Published on Feb 1, 2019in European Journal of Public Health2.23
Talya Porat8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Imperial College London),
Pablo Garaizar7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Deusto)
+ 3 AuthorsMiguel A. Vadillo17
Estimated H-index: 17
(UAM: Autonomous University of Madrid)
Published on Jan 1, 2019in Western Journal of Nursing Research1.46
Yehudis Stokes2
Estimated H-index: 2
(U of O: University of Ottawa),
Amanda Digel Vandyk6
Estimated H-index: 6
(U of O: University of Ottawa)
+ 2 AuthorsWendy Gifford12
Estimated H-index: 12
(U of O: University of Ottawa)
Social media is an emerging tool used by researchers; however, limited information is available on its use for participant recruitment specifically. The purpose of this article is to describe the use of Facebook and LinkedIn social media sites in the recruitment of nurses for an online survey, using a 5-week modified online Dillman approach. Within 3 weeks, we exceeded our target sample size (n = 170) and within 5 weeks recruited 267 English-speaking nurses (n = 172, Facebook; n = 95, LinkedIn)....
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Rupa S. Valdez10
Estimated H-index: 10
(UVA: University of Virginia),
Jessica Keim-Malpass9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UVA: University of Virginia)
Over the past decade, scholars have been able to actively engage with patients, informal caregivers, and providers through social media sites and patient-centered groups in ways that are reshaping patient-centered research design and recruitment. As with the introduction of any new technology, there exists both potential for new modes of inquiry and unforeseen ethical quandaries. This chapter presents researchers with the types of questions, ongoing points of debate, and nascent solutions releva...
Published on Jan 1, 2019in Methodological Innovations online
Astrid Schubring3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Gothenburg),
Natalie Barker-Ruchti10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Gothenburg)
+ 1 AuthorsStefan Pettersson6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Gothenburg)
In this article, we share our experience of navigating qualitative longitudinal research with a ‘hard to recruit’ population. To detail design conception, methodological challenges and insights, we draw on the case of a 1-year-long study on health behaviour in Olympic hopefuls. In order to accompany 12 athletes who aimed to qualify for either an Olympic Games (n = 10) or a World Championship (n = 2), we developed and implemented a career background questionnaire; semi-structured interviews; week...