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Do you think that socials networking websites are a good way to implement and/or recruit members for health promotion programs? Why or why not?

I discuss the different kinds of healthcare agencies, and how they appear and are used by members of popular networking sites.

Not only are there sites for the healthcare organizations themselves, but also the patient support sites. Many pages exist on Facebook for Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Cancer, just to name a few. On these pages, people with the illness exchange ideas and information, and this will often lead to discussions of which insurances work best, what hospitals provide the best care.

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Social networking sites can be a good way for public and governmental programs to find people to add to their forums.

An individual with a certain disease: MS, Cancer, Diabetes, and scores of others, can find personal experience information, but it should be clear that if the people sharing are not doctors that they cannot really prescribe anything, but suggest treatment options the others may not have considered. I have found a great deal of comfort, and not any invasion of privacy to choose to join one of these groups. ...

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This solution addressed the way social network sites might be good for dissemination information on healthcare programs and providers.

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