What Can Social Media Tell Us About Patient Symptoms: A Text-Mining Approach to Online Ovarian Cancer Forum

Conclusion The frequency of a symptom discussed on a social media platform may not include all symptom experience and their severity. Indeed, users, who are experiencing different symptoms, mentioned different topics on the forum. Subsequent studies should consider the influence of additional factors (eg, cancer stage) from discussions. Implications for Practice Social media have the potential to prioritize and answer the questions about clinical care that are frequently asked by cancer patients and their caregivers.
Source: Cancer Nursing - Category: Nursing Tags: ARTICLES: ONLINE ONLY Source Type: research

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