Use of Twitter in communicating living solid organ donation information to the public: An exploratory study of living donors and transplant professionals

Jessica M. Ruck, Macey L. Henderson, Ann K. Eno, Sarah E. Van Pilsum Rasmussen, Sandra R. DiBrito, Alvin G. Thomas, Rebecca Li, Lauren Singer, Indraneel Massie, Madeleine M. Waldram, Jonathan M. Konel, David R. Helfer, Jacqueline M. Garonzik Wang, Tanjala S. Purnell, Douglas B. Mogul, Krista L. Lentine, Amy D. Waterman, Dorry L. Segev

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Abstract

Background: As transplant centers start leveraging Twitter for information dissemination and public engagement, it is important to understand current living solid organ donation-related Twitter use. Methods: We identified public Twitter profiles available in 01/2017 that referenced living organ donation and analyzed the use of donation-related Twitter handles, names, or profile information. Tweets were manually abstracted and qualitatively analyzed for common themes. Social media influence of those tweeting about living donation was evaluated using Klout score. Results: We identified 93 donors, 61 professionals, 12 hospitals, and 19 organizations that met eligibility criteria. Social media influence was similar across these groups (P = 0.4). Donors (16%) and organizations (23%) were more likely than professionals (7%) or hospitals (0%) to include transplant-related educational information in their profiles (P = 0.007). Living donation-related tweets were most commonly donation stories (33%), news reports (20%), reports about new transplant research (15%), and sharing transplant candidates’ searches for donors (14%). Conclusions: This exploratory study of living donors and transplant professionals, hospitals, and organizations on Twitter provides insight into how the social media platform may be used to communicate about and disseminate information about living donation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere13447
JournalClinical Transplantation
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • donors and donation: living
  • education
  • media and social media
  • patient education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation

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Ruck, J. M., Henderson, M. L., Eno, A. K., Van Pilsum Rasmussen, S. E., DiBrito, S. R., Thomas, A. G., Li, R., Singer, L., Massie, I., Waldram, M. M., Konel, J. M., Helfer, D. R., Garonzik Wang, J. M., Purnell, T. S., Mogul, D. B., Lentine, K. L., Waterman, A. D., & Segev, D. L. (2019). Use of Twitter in communicating living solid organ donation information to the public: An exploratory study of living donors and transplant professionals. Clinical Transplantation, 33(1), [e13447]. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.13447