Twitter and public health

Catherine Bartlett, Rebecca Wurtz

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Abstract

Twitter can serve as a powerful communication modality to both "push" and "pull" public health data; each user is a potential public health sensor and actor. However, in 2012, only 8% of local health departments had Twitter accounts. We outline how Twitter works, describe how to access public tweets for public health surveillance purposes, review the literature on Twitter's current and potential role supporting public health's essential services, summarize Twitter's limitations, and make recommendations for health department use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-383
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • Public health
  • Social media
  • Surveillance
  • Twitter

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