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Wednesday, February 10 • 13:20 - 14:20
Breakout Session: "Evolving Health Care Data and Records"

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"Sharing of child health information over social media: A systematic evaluation of posts shared over social media about pediatric pain" by Michelle Tougas


Social media facilitates information exchange and is increasingly being turned to for health communication. With potential to impact health outcomes, there is need to understand what content is being shared, and how it is being interacted with. Little is known about online engagement with child health topics, particularly pediatric pain. The objectives were to 1) Systematically evaluate social media posts about pediatric pain; 2) Identify and categorize themes in social media posts; 3) Analyze user interactions within social media platforms. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook platforms were selected. The search strategy was iteratively tested. Twitter and Instagram were prospectively searched over two-weeks, Facebook was searched retrospectively. An emergent process developed the coding scheme used to manually categorize included posts. Netlytic, a social network analysis program analyzed interactions and network analysis across the social media platforms. Through a tested search, reliable screening and coding, this research feasibility established systematic evaluation of posts about pediatric pain shared over social media. Twitter and Facebook pages were primarily used for sharing knowledge and resources about child pain, whereas Instagram and Facebook groups were used for sharing personal child pain experiences. Social media posts across platforms demonstrated a mixture of positive and negative sentiments. Twitter seemed to facilitate the most interaction among users, little interaction was observed across the other platforms. This work can provide useful information about what and how child health content is shared over social media, as well guide development of strategies to enhance online engagement about child health.

"Telling our stories: making meaning of Indigenous health data in Canada" by Dr. Debbie Martin


Data tells stories. The stories that we decide to tell from data, says as much about who we are, as about the subject of those stories. Within Canada, there has been a longstanding history and legacy of using data to tell stories about Indigenous peoples, instead of stories that are by, for or with them. The resulting policy, programming, and service decisions, even when they may have stemmed from data arising from well-intentioned efforts, has had devastating and lingering effects. This presentation will discuss examples of historical misuses and misappropriations of data, and also present successful contemporary examples of Indigenous ownership and management of data.

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Andrea Kampen

Research Assistant, Dalhousie University
Andrea is a recent graduate from the School of Information Management with a Master in Library and Information Management degree from Dalhousie University. Through her work with the Social Media Lab, located at Ryerson University, Andrea developed an interest in social media analysis and learned how to use the tool Netlytic. She has always been drawn to research involving how people create and share information through different mediums whether... Read More →
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Dr. Debbie Martin

Assistant Professor, Health Promotion, Dalhousie University
Debbie Martin's program of research is aimed at preventing chronic diseases, which are disproportionately higher among Aboriginal peoples relative to their non-Aboriginal counterparts within Canada. Working directly with communities, she works to identify and address key community and societal level determinants, that are often linked to lifestyle factors, that ultimately cause chronic diseases. For instance, cost and availability of... Read More →
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Michelle Tougas

PhD Student, Dalhousie University
Michelle has obtained a Master’s in Community Health and Epidemiology and is currently in her second year of the Clinical Psychology PhD student at Dalhousie University. She has experience working with big data and systematic review methodology. Her research interests are in pediatric pain and pediatric sleep. Michelle is currently involved with Canada-wide research team exploring how pediatric pain and pediatric sleep are communicated over... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2016 13:20 - 14:20
Myers Room (224) @ Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Avenue

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