Using Social Media

Involving patients through social media

Social media can be a cost-effective and include way to involve patients. Use social media to:

  • Raise awareness
  • Ask for input on your project or study
  • Conduct research
  • Promote participation
  • Disseminate results and outcomes
  • Communicate with patient partners (publicly or in closed groups)

Read the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement social media guide.

INVOLVE has published examples of social media in research.

The insiders’ guide to social media (2015)
Register on Charity Comms site to download this guide. Developed for charities but the content is of general use.

Visit NephJC – the global nephrology journal club that uses Twitter to discuss the research, guidelines, and editorials that drive nephrology. Regular Twitter chats on wide range of topics using #nephjc. Patients, as well as professionals, take part.

Social_Media_in_SME_B2B_Environment – research study and practical toolkit to help small and medium sized organisations with their social media. Aimed at companies but the ideas and tools are application in any sector.