For some reasons, the existence of social media is prompted into use by the patient. A request to communicate by email, to be able to post on Facebook and chat functions on webpages are visited with a request to have questions answered about sleep questions. The constant availability of social networking sources that are everyday all day provides a viable outlet for resources. Public use of appointment setting with physicians has grown in popularity. The convenience of social media can be monitored with the appointment of closed listings for Facebook pages and webmasters for webpages that may be used by Sleep Clinics and Lab. The educational materials and research listings could be reviewed by an established person thus, verifying their validity.
Should social media be used in the field of Sleep Medicine? The answer remains with the particular Sleep Clinic or Laboratory. The immediacy of accessibility to the patients/populace can be monitored with circuited Sleep professionals that vet information for use. The advantage of being able to connect with our patients more quickly, more conveniently, is offset by careful setups and monitoring of sources. To date, little evaluation of utility of social media is conducted; hopefully future research agendas will consider these issues.
Last date updated on June, 2014