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    STUDIA BIOETHICA - Issue no. Special Issue / 2021  
         
  Article:   COVID-19, THE PERFECT TIME TO BROADEN OUR HORIZONS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA USE IN ONCOLOGY?.

Authors:  EVA DE CLERCQ, MICHAEL ROST, BERNICE ELGER.
 
       
         
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DOI: 10.24193/subbbioethica.2021.spiss.32

Published Online: 2021-06-30
Published Print: 2021-06-30
pp.59


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ABSTRACT: Parallel Session III, Room 4 Objective: The study aims to explore the attitudes of Swiss healthcare professionals towards the use of social media in adolescent and young adult oncology and to examine whether the ongoing social restrictions due COVID-19 might have altered these attitudes. Methods: This study was cross-sectional in design. The subjects were healthcare providers working in pediatric or adult oncology settings in Switzerland. We performed descriptive and inferential statistical analyses. Results: While considered useful, only a small minority of participants actually used social media for professional reasons and considered themselves skillful in using these platforms. Although institutional guidelines were deemed crucial to improve social media use, many respondents seemed unaware of their existence. Only a minority reported an impact of Covid-19 on their attitudes towards the professional implementation of social media. Conclusion: The global health crisis creates important challenges for young patients with cancer and their healthcare providers. In times of social restrictions, social media may be promising tools to facilitate health information provision, connectivity and patient care. Virtual mentorship and target social media training interventions might be the best way to improve familiarity with social media and with ethical guidelines for their use.
 
         
     
         
         
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