Cardiovascular Surgeons’ Medical Perspectives Regarding Social Media Usage: a Survey Analysis

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Başar V., Öztürk F., Kubat E., Hançer H., ÇİÇEKÇİOĞLU F., Yanartaş M.

Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, vol.37, no.6, pp.820-828, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.21470/1678-9741-2020-0513
  • Journal Name: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.820-828
  • Keywords: Social Media, Cardiac Surgery, Public Health, Communication, Internet, Surgeons, TWITTER, PATIENT
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes


© 2022, Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia Cardiovascular. All rights reserved.Introduction: We aimed to evaluate the use of social media among cardiovascular surgery specialists and their respective perspectives. Methods: In total, 173 cardiovascular surgeons were reached through an online survey. The surgeons surveyed were cardiovascular surgery specialists. The questionnaire consisted of 33 questions, including closed-ended and open-ended questions about social media. Results: We found that 73.4% of the participants think that social media facilitates the communication of the patient with the doctor, and 87.9% think that social media increases the publicity of the physician. Furthermore, 80.9% of the participants believe that informing through social media creates information pollution. We found that personal use of Instagram was more common in state hospital cardiac surgeons. The number of patients who contacted surgeons in private hospital for surgery via social media were found to be statistically significant, and it was found that this group benefitted more economically. Conclusion: Social media usage rates of cardiovascular surgeons were found to be high. On the other hand, it was observed that the rate of surgeons who share medical content is low. However, half the cardiovascular surgeons who participated in the study believe that their colleagues do not fully comply with the ethical rules in medical sharing.