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Utilization of Social Media Communities for Caregiver Information Support in Stroke Recovery: An Analysis of Content and Interactions

Version 1 : Received: 30 September 2021 / Approved: 1 October 2021 / Online: 1 October 2021 (12:03:09 CEST)

How to cite: Lobo, E.H.; Johnson, T.; Frølich, A.; Kensing, F.; Rasmussen, L.J.; Hosking, S.; Page, A.; Livingston, P.M.; Islam, S.M.S.; Grundy, J.; Abdelrazek, M. Utilization of Social Media Communities for Caregiver Information Support in Stroke Recovery: An Analysis of Content and Interactions. Preprints 2021, 2021100015 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202110.0015.v1). Lobo, E.H.; Johnson, T.; Frølich, A.; Kensing, F.; Rasmussen, L.J.; Hosking, S.; Page, A.; Livingston, P.M.; Islam, S.M.S.; Grundy, J.; Abdelrazek, M. Utilization of Social Media Communities for Caregiver Information Support in Stroke Recovery: An Analysis of Content and Interactions. Preprints 2021, 2021100015 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202110.0015.v1).

Abstract

Background: Caregivers often use the internet to access information related to stroke care to improve preparedness, thereby reducing uncertainty and enhancing the quality of care. Method: Social media communities used by caregivers of people affected by stroke were identified using popular keywords searched for using Google. Communities were filtered based on their ability to provide support to caregivers. Data from the included communities were extracted and analysed to determine the content and level of interaction. Results: There was a significant rise in the use of social media by caregivers of people affected by stroke. The most popular social media communities were charitable and governmental organizations with the highest user interaction – this was for topics related to stroke prevention, signs and symptoms, and caregiver self-care delivered through video-based resources. Conclusion: Findings show the ability of social media to support stroke caregiver needs and practices that should be considered to increase their interaction and support.

Keywords

Social media; Community; Facebook; Twitter; Google; Information; Interaction

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