Social media: creating communities of research and practice

Murray, Kelly ORCID logo ORCID: , Rushton, Helen, Gorry, Gillian, Stanley, Kirsty and Sorlie, Clarissa (2016) Social media: creating communities of research and practice. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79 (4). pp. 195-196.

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Social media has become part of everyday life. By January 2015, over 3 billion internet users had set up more than 3.7 billion active social media accounts (Kemp, cited in Davis and Voyce, 2015). Social media in a professional context offers occupational therapists a powerful communication tool, one they have embraced enthusiastically. An increasing number use it not only to support their continued professional development but also to promote their research among their peers and across international health care networks. There is enormous potential for enabling contact and interaction with colleagues, policy makers, researchers and professional organisations on an equal footing. Recently, even traditional health care organisations, such as the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom, have facilitated the use of social media by health care professionals, no doubt assisted by its cost efficiencies with reduced cost for time and travel (Lawson and Cowling, 2014). Academic and research organisations likewise recognise that social and online media enrich academic life, whether through using Google Scholar to build research citations, Slideshare to distribute conference presentations, or online groups to collaborate with colleagues.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists / SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1477-6006
Departments: Academic Departments > Health, Psychology & Social Studies (HPSS) > Rehabilitation
Additional Information: Thanks to #OTalk organising team* for their valuable contribution to this editorial. The group can be contacted for support and guidance on Twitter @OTalk_ or via email Kelly Murray is an Occupational Therapy Student at the University of Cumbria, UK. Twitter: @OTontheTracks
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 15:55
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 15:31


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