Patient perspectives on social-media-delivered telemedicine for inflammatory bowel disease

Future Healthc J. 2020 Oct;7(3):241-244. doi: 10.7861/fhj.2020-0094.


In attempts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among high-risk inflammatory bowel disease patients, many gastroenterology practices have recently gone ‘virtual’, using telemedicine technologies to care for their patients. In efforts to support this transition and improve approachability, social media platforms have been used to deliver telemedicine services with significant success. However, the patient perspective on this use of social media has largely been ignored. This study provides a baseline patient perspective on social media usage to help inform clinicians on which methods of telemedicine delivery will be best suited to their patient populations.

PMID:33094237 | PMC:PMC7571747 | DOI:10.7861/fhj.2020-0094