Technological innovations are rising rapidly and are inevitably becoming part of the health care environment.
Patients frequently access Social media as a forum for discussion of personal health issues; and healthcare providers are
now considering ways of harnessing social media as a source of learning and teaching. This review highlights some of the
complex issues of using social media as an opportunity for interaction between public- patient-healthcare staff; considers
the impact of self- education and self-management for patients with diabetes, and explores some recent advances in delivering
education for staff. When using any information technology, the emphasis should rely on being assessed rigorously
to show it promotes health education safely, can be recognized as delivering up-to- date health information effectively,
and should ensure there is no bias in selective communication, or disadvantage to isolated patient groups.
Keywords: Diabetes, social media, education, self-management, peer support, e-learning.
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