Electronic Healthcare. 4th International Conference, eHealth 2011, Málaga, Spain, November 21-23, 2011, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Social Media: A Systematic Review to Understand the Evidence and Application in Infodemiology

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-29262-0_1,
        author={Stacey Guy and Alexandria Ratzki-Leewing and Raphael Bahati and Femida Gwadry-Sridhar},
        title={Social Media: A Systematic Review to Understand the Evidence and Application in Infodemiology},
        proceedings={Electronic Healthcare. 4th International Conference, eHealth 2011, M\^{a}laga, Spain, November 21-23, 2011, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={E-HEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={social media review population surveillance data mining},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-29262-0_1}
    }
    
  • Stacey Guy
    Alexandria Ratzki-Leewing
    Raphael Bahati
    Femida Gwadry-Sridhar
    Year: 2012
    Social Media: A Systematic Review to Understand the Evidence and Application in Infodemiology
    E-HEALTH
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-29262-0_1
Stacey Guy1,*, Alexandria Ratzki-Leewing1,*, Raphael Bahati1,*, Femida Gwadry-Sridhar1,*
  • 1: Lawson Health Research Institute
*Contact email: stacey.guy@sjhc.london.on.ca, alexandria.ratzkileewing@lawsonresearch.com, raphael.bahati@lawsonresearch.com, femida.gwadry-sridhar@lhsc.on.ca

Abstract

Social media represents a new frontier in disease surveillance. Infoveillance allows for the real-time retrieval of internet data. Our objective was to systematically review the literature utilizing social media as a source for disease prediction and surveillance. A review of English-language conference proceedings and journal articles from 1999 to 2011 using EMBASE and PubMed was conducted. A total of 12 full-text articles were included. Results of these studies show the use of open-source micro-blogging sites to inform influenza-like-illness monitoring. These results inform recommendations for future research directions.