Table 3

Description and objectives of social media tools used (N=284)

Objective—n (%)
ToolTotal—n (%)Health literacyClinical decision makingSelf-carePatient safetyOthers
Total—n (%)47 (16.6)7 (2.5)219 (77.1)19 (6.7)39 (13.7)
Collaborative project6 (2.1)5 (83.3)1 (16.7)
Blog or microblog40 (14.1)11 (27.5)24 (60.0)4 (10.0)9 (22.5)
Content community16 (5.6)8 (50.0)5 (31.3)2 (12.5)4 (25.0)
Social networking site42 (14.8)10 (23.8)1 (2.4)24 (57.1)8 (19.1)9 (21.4)
Virtual world6 (2.1)3 (50.0)3 (50.0)1 (16.7)1 (16.7)
Discussion forum189 (66.6)23 (12.2)6 (3.2)166 (87.8)3 (1.6)17 (9.0)
Component of a complex intervention116 (40.9)16 (13.8)3 (2.6)108 (93.1)4 (3.5)3 (2.6)
  • Percentages do not add up to 100 due to the possibility of multiple tools and multiple objectives per study.