Cooper A (2013) Using social networks to help patients self-care. Nursing Times; 109: 10, 22-24.
5 key points
- Social media provide opportunities for some patients to forge supportive relationships with their peers
- Health professionals need a range of skills to work with patients in the digital environment
- Health professionals must respect the existence of remote peer relationships among people with long-term conditions
- Some patients may benefit from appropriate signposting to social networks
- More evidence is needed on the value of networks for patients
- Why is self-management important for people with long-term conditions?
- Define the term peer support. Who can provide peer support for patients with diabetes?
- How do people with long-term conditions benefit from using social networks?
- The author of this article suggests social media create both opportunities and threats for patients and health professionals. Describe these opportunities and threats.
- Should health professionals facilitate and signpost patients to social networks for peer support?
- How would you define social exclusion? After reading this article do you think patients who do not engage with social networks are at risk of social exclusion?