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Twitter Social Media is an Effective Tool for Breast Cancer Patient Education and Support: Patient-Reported Outcomes by Survey

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Medical Internet Research, July 2015
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#18 of 3,153)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
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4 news outlets
blogs
1 blog
twitter
470 tweeters
facebook
19 Facebook pages
googleplus
7 Google+ users

Citations

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116 Dimensions

Readers on

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184 Mendeley
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Title
Twitter Social Media is an Effective Tool for Breast Cancer Patient Education and Support: Patient-Reported Outcomes by Survey
Published in
Journal of Medical Internet Research, July 2015
DOI 10.2196/jmir.4721
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Authors

Deanna J Attai, Michael S Cowher, Mohammed Al-Hamadani, Jody M Schoger, Alicia C Staley, Jeffrey Landercasper

Abstract

Despite reported benefits, many women do not attend breast cancer support groups. Abundant online resources for support exist, but information regarding the effectiveness of participation is lacking. We report the results of a Twitter breast cancer support community participant survey. The aim was to determine the effectiveness of social media as a tool for breast cancer patient education and decreasing anxiety. The Breast Cancer Social Media Twitter support community (#BCSM) began in July 2011. Institutional review board approval with a waiver of informed consent was obtained for a deidentified survey that was posted for 2 weeks on Twitter and on the #BCSM blog and Facebook page. There were 206 respondents to the survey. In all, 92.7% (191/206) were female. Respondents reported increased knowledge about breast cancer in the following domains: overall knowledge (80.9%, 153/189), survivorship (85.7%, 162/189), metastatic breast cancer (79.4%, 150/189), cancer types and biology (70.9%, 134/189), clinical trials and research (66.1%, 125/189), treatment options (55.6%, 105/189), breast imaging (56.6%, 107/189), genetic testing and risk assessment (53.9%, 102/189), and radiotherapy (43.4%, 82/189). Participation led 31.2% (59/189) to seek a second opinion or bring additional information to the attention of their treatment team and 71.9% (136/189) reported plans to increase their outreach and advocacy efforts as a result of participation. Levels of reported anxiety before and after participation were analyzed: 29 of 43 (67%) patients who initially reported "high or extreme" anxiety reported "low or no" anxiety after participation (P<.001). Also, no patients initially reporting low or no anxiety before participation reported an increase to high or extreme anxiety after participation. This study demonstrates that breast cancer patients' perceived knowledge increases and their anxiety decreases by participation in a Twitter social media support group.

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 6 3%
Malaysia 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Unknown 175 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 35 19%
Student > Master 28 15%
Researcher 25 14%
Unspecified 22 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 18 10%
Other 56 30%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 49 27%
Unspecified 34 18%
Social Sciences 28 15%
Computer Science 17 9%
Psychology 14 8%
Other 42 23%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 374. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 August 2019.
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#29,519
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Outputs from Journal of Medical Internet Research
#18
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#566
of 232,383 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Journal of Medical Internet Research
#2
of 88 outputs
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