Use of Facebook as a Tool for Knowledge Dissemination in Dermatology Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • BACKGROUND: The presence of dermatology-related platforms in social media has been acknowledged; however, the level of engagement of the public with these platforms has not been evaluated. OBJECTIVE: To use the Engagement Rate to assess the level of engagement of the public with Facebook pages devoted to dermatology. METHODS: A search on Facebook identified Facebook pages for dermatology academic journals, professional societies, and patient-centered groups with the highest number of Facebook likes. Then the Yearly Page Engagement Rate was calculated for each Facebook page. RESULTS: The robust average of the Yearly Page Engagement Rate was 0.673 for academic journals, 0.313 for professional societies, and 1.563 for patient-centered groups. CONCLUSION: Patient-centered groups engaged with their fans most effectively. Engagement is a key determinant of a fan's exposure to the contents of the page and hence a gauge of whether the fans who "liked" the page continue to remain engaged or not.

publication date

  • September 2014