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Use of Social Media as a Communication Tool for People with Serious Illness and Their Families 

Use of Social Media as a Communication Tool for People with Serious Illness and Their Families
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Use of Social Media as a Communication Tool for People with Serious Illness and Their Families
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Dana Hansen

, Amy Petrinec

, and Nidal Harb

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0066
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date: 18 October 2019

In today’s modern society, technology impacts our lives on a regular basis, with many of the changes having a beneficial effect. Today, many patients and their families live in a culture of connectivity. One positive aspect of this pervasive connectedness is the heightened ability to communicate with family and friends and connect with others who can offer support. Family interaction at the end of life has many benefits, and social media provides a convenient mechanism to help families connect more easily during this difficult time.

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