Social Media and Instant Messaging: An Online Platform for the Treatment of Cleft Lip and Palate Patients; Taipei Medical University Hospital Experience

Biader Samih Bilal, Philip Kuo Ting Chen

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Background Social media and instant messaging can improve patient education, follow-up, and outcome. The utilization of these modalities in cleft lip/palate care is not fully described. We formed an online platform consisting of a dedicated website, Facebook group and LINE group through which we provide information and counseling to our patient population. Our objective is to evaluate the impact and patient satisfaction of our online platform. Methods In this retrospective study, we designed a questionnaire aimed at evaluating the quality of information and patient satisfaction of the online platform. The questionnaire was distributed online to 732 cases connected to us through the LINE application. Results The response rate was 26%. Website information was found very necessary and sufficient by 75% and 46% of the cases, respectively. Regarding Facebook, the medical team's response was found very professional and practical by 81% and 68% of the cases, respectively. Patient-patient interaction was helpful to 96% of the cases. Regarding the LINE application, the medical team's response was found very immediate and helpful in 73% of the cases, and 91% felt that LINE saved them time from returning to the clinic on unscheduled occasions. The website, Facebook and LINE were used over 10 times per month by 17%, 32%, and 50% of the cases, respectively. A decrease in unscheduled "pop-up"visits to the clinic (from 25 to 6 per month) was registered. Conclusions Adapting social media and instant messaging into our cleft lip/palate care has been welcomed with high satisfaction among our patient population, increasing their knowledge, saving them time from returning to the clinic, and allowing them beneficial interaction with other families coping with similar conditions.

原文英語
頁(從 - 到)337-342
頁數6
期刊Annals of plastic surgery
87
發行號3
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 手術

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