Public Engagement with Dermatology Contents on Facebook Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • BACKGROUND: The gtring presence of dermatology platforms on Facebook has been acknowledged; however, little is known about the extent to which different types of content influence the level of engagement with online users. OBJECTIVE: To assess the level of public engagement with different types of content posted on Facebook pages devoted to dermatology. METHODS: A search on Facebook identified existing pages for dermatology academic journals, professional societies, and patient-centered groups. Then the engagement rate was calculated for each content type published on the selected pages. RESULTS: The median engagement rates were 63.8% for educational posts, 41.3% for interactive posts, 27.4% for news articles, 11.8% for academic articles, and 9.3% for others. CONCLUSION: Educational posts engaged with online users the most effectively. The level of engagement is a key determinant of knowledge dissemination via online tools, and the type of content may influence the level of engagement.

publication date

  • May 2015