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Front. Pediatr. | doi: 10.3389/fped.2019.00045

Social Networks and Mobile Applications Use in Young Patients with Kidney Disease

 Raymond N. HADDAD1, 2* and Chebl MOURANI1, 2
  • 1Hôtel-Dieu de France, Lebanon
  • 2Saint Joseph University, Lebanon

Objective: To evaluate the use and benefits of social networking sites (SNS) and mobile applications (MA) in young patients with kidney disease (KD).
Background: Pediatric KD is prevalent. The Internet is increasingly being used to communicate rapid healthcare information to children about acute and chronic diseases with greater medical care satisfaction. There is lack of data on social media (SM) utility in pediatric KD.
Materials and Methods: A descriptive, observational and cross-sectional study was conducted on a national level. Data were collected from 4 different centers through a reviewed questionnaire.
Results: 83.9% of the 428 participants were Lebanese. The average age was 11.4 years (± 7.1). 69.9% had chronic KD out of which 17.4% had undergone a kidney transplant while 9% were on dialysis. 69.6% of our participants affirmed the need of SM for the health of the sick child while only 9.8% are participating in a scientific forum and 4.7% used SM to find a potential organ donor. Some study variables were statistically associated with the participants’ age, nationality and stage of KD.
Conclusions: SM are important for the support and management of pediatric KD. We believe that SNS and MA will play a leading role in the lives of our patients in the future and will push the physician to play a central role in the evolution of communication networks. To identify the potential role and the efficacy of SM in enhancing communication between patients and health professionals, further stratified studies are needed.

Keywords: social networking sites, Mobiles applications, Social Media, kidney disease, Pediatrics

Received: 15 Oct 2018; Accepted: 04 Feb 2019.

Edited by:

Max C. Liebau, Klinik und Poliklinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin, Universitätsklinikum Köln, Germany

Reviewed by:

Aviva M. Goldberg, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, Canada
Aftab S. Chishti, University of Kentucky, United States  

Copyright: © 2019 HADDAD and MOURANI. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Raymond N. HADDAD, Hôtel-Dieu de France, Beirut, Lebanon, raymondhaddad@live.com