Benefits and threats to using social media for presenting and implementing evidence

Chad E. Cook*, Neil E. O'connell, Toby Hall, Steven Z. George, Gwendolen Jull, Alexis A. Wright, Enrique Lluch Girbés, Jeremy Lewis, Mark Hancock

*Corresponding author for this work

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As a potential high-yield tool for disseminating information that can reach many people, social media is transforming how clinicians, the public, and policy makers are educated and find new knowledge associated with research-related information. Social media is available to all who access the internet, reducing selected barriers to acquiring original source documents such as journal articles or books and potentially improving implementation-the process of formulating a conclusion and moving on that decision. The use of social media for evidence dissemination/implementation of research has both benefits and threats. It is the aim of this Viewpoint to provide a balanced view of each.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • dissemination
  • internet
  • research
  • social media

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