Social Media in Health Care

Social Media in Health Care

A Guide to Creating Your Professional Digital Presence


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A practical, essential guide to social media for health care professionals, Social Media in Health Care equips readers with the skills to build their online brand, share their professional knowledge with a wider audience, and become a trusted source of information and thought leader in their field. Authors Mona Shattell, Melissa Batchelor, and Rebecca Darmoc explain the principles behind building a respected digital presence and developing meaningful online connections, while providing practical tips for navigating the five major social media platforms: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Everyone from health care students to the most seasoned professionals will benefit from the 3C’s Framework outlined in the book: Consume, Contribute, and Create. Social Media in Health Care can be read cover to cover or used as quick reference guide. Topics include: Exercises for novice, intermediate, and advanced users Best practices for consuming, sharing, and creating content Tips for readers to build their social media presence and professional brand Recommendations for using digital platforms to expand professional networks Patient privacy concerns and how to avoid ethical pitfalls Social media can start conversations and serve as an open line of communication between peers, the public, and patients. Social Media in Health Care guides members of the medical community in how to use social media to help educate the public and specific patient communities about health care and health policy, make connections with industry leaders and peers, and enhance their professional reputation.