Studying the impact of YouTube on health education: Can you help?

The “Be Sweet to Babies” research team from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (lead by Dr. Denise Harrison) is conducting a study using YouTube as a means to widely disseminate health information to parents and health care workers about effective ways to reduce pain during infant immunizations. Can you help? Research shows these techniques work, yet [...]

BC, MB, NB and NL lists updated

I’ve just updated the hospital social media lists for the provinces of BC, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.    If you know of any others to add, please let me know. Both Eastern Health and Western Health in Newfoundland look like they’ve only just added their Twitter accounts.  Why not send them a welcome (@EasternHealthNL, @WesternHealthNL). [...]

The viral video: the holy grail of social media

The viral video.  The holy grail of social media. We all hope that when we put videos on YouTube they get watched.  Here is a great little story of one organization whose success far exceeded their expectations. The McGill Dances for Cancer Research is toe-tapping good fun. If you haven’t seen it yet, it is [...]

Making noise with social media

Physicians from within and outside Canada, health communicators and media, patient advocates and even, briefly, Ontario health minister Deb Matthews participated in the pre-arranged one hour debate on Wednesday, May 30 using the 140-character microblogging site Twitter and a prearranged virtual meeting spot (#hcsmca).

How can physicians use social media to amplify their voice in health advocacy?

Recently, physicians in urban centers joining in protest against proposed cuts in health coverage to refugees. Many physicians have already been joining the discussion on twitter using the #refugeehealth hashtag. And more than 5,000 people have already signed this on-line petition. But how else can physicians use social media to amplify their voice in this advocacy issue?

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