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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 28-34

Social media use in dermatology


1 Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, USA; Medical Students, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado
2 Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, USA
3 Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, USA; Dermatology Service, US Department of Veterans Affairs Rocky Mountain Regional Medical Center, Aurora, Colorado
4 Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, USA; Dermatology Service, US Department of Veterans Affairs Rocky Mountain Regional Medical Center; Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado

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DOI: 10.4103/ds.ds_43_19

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Social media provides a readily accessible means to promote user-generated content, broaden interpersonal connections, and encourage social collaboration. In this paper, we will review the use of popular social media platforms within dermatology along with the potential benefits and harms of these platforms when used by dermatology providers and their patients. Social media has also found a place in medicine and presents new opportunities and challenges for health care professionals. In dermatology specifically, social media has become a platform for patient education, public outreach, and professional development and networking. Although there are many risks associated with social media use in dermatology, there is also opportunity to promote public health, patient education, and professional interactions.


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