Utilization of social media communities for caregiver information support in stroke recovery: An analysis of content and interactions

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0262919
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number1
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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© 2022 Lobo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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