Social Media (SoMe) is broadly used worlwide. In recent years, the amount of pulmonary related apps have rised. Our aim is to determine the frecuency of use and the interest in communicating with their healthcare provider throught SoMe.
Observational, cross sectional, survey based study in patients with OLD (Obstructive Lung Diseases). An spanish validated Michigan questionnaire were used to assess the frequency of use, and interest in reciving or seeking information about disease through SoMe. Descriptive statistics were employed, as well chi square for comparisons among age: adolescents (<18 y-o), young-adults (18 – 40 y-o) and adults (>40 y-o).
Enrolled patients were 712. Mean age was 52.3 (20.9), 58.8% were females, 61.8% hispanics. Cellphone owning was high (86.3%), but not Internet Access (59.6%), neither smarthphone (45.7%).
Most preferred SoMe was SMS by 59.4% of patients (54.0% in adults, p<0.001). Also, Internet was commonly used (43.5%), Facebook (39%), and email (37.7%), and more in patients under 40 y-o (p<0.001). Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn and Skype was fairly used.
High interest in asking information by SMS was reported by 57.7%. Otherwise, 25.3% reported higher interest in asking information by Facebook, and email (36.4%), with predominance in patients under 40 y-o (p<0.001). Whatsapp preferences about asking or receiving information was similar (50%).
SMS is a useful communication tool across all ages. Otherwise, Facebook. email and Whatsapp constitute excellent social networks to be communicated with our younger patients (< 40 y-o).