Aim: New technologies, in particular social networking technologies, have changed our society. The widespread availability and use of social media make the hypothesis that they can be used in healthcare. Methods: Some volunteers, including patients and caregivers, created a “WhatsApp” group on their smartphone. In order to evaluate expectations and results from this experience, two questionnaires were used to examine three areas of nursing care: relational, linguistic, and technical-professional. Results: From analysis of the questionnaires, the WhatsApp was found to be a valid tool to give continuity of care after discharge. Participants recognised the importance of sharing similar experiences coming from having a disease. Nursing answers were evaluated as complete. The quantitative, qualitative and explorative survey allowed analysis of the relationship between social media's widespread availability and the healthcare environment. Using social networks to support nursing care is possible if an expert nurse, thanks to his/her skills and knowledge, moderates the interactions inside the group; and evaluates and solves issues in the rehabilitation centre and online.

WhatsApp as a tool for extending nursing care after recovery

BONOMETTI, STEFANO;
2017

Abstract

Aim: New technologies, in particular social networking technologies, have changed our society. The widespread availability and use of social media make the hypothesis that they can be used in healthcare. Methods: Some volunteers, including patients and caregivers, created a “WhatsApp” group on their smartphone. In order to evaluate expectations and results from this experience, two questionnaires were used to examine three areas of nursing care: relational, linguistic, and technical-professional. Results: From analysis of the questionnaires, the WhatsApp was found to be a valid tool to give continuity of care after discharge. Participants recognised the importance of sharing similar experiences coming from having a disease. Nursing answers were evaluated as complete. The quantitative, qualitative and explorative survey allowed analysis of the relationship between social media's widespread availability and the healthcare environment. Using social networks to support nursing care is possible if an expert nurse, thanks to his/her skills and knowledge, moderates the interactions inside the group; and evaluates and solves issues in the rehabilitation centre and online.
care, WhatsApp, group, community on line
Bonometti, Stefano; Danila, Maculotti; Daniela, Vezzoli
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