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Table 2 Types of use of social media by patients for health related purposes by article

From: Social media use in healthcare: A systematic review of effects on patients and on their relationship with healthcare professionals

Type of use Article no.
Social support Emotional support [1, 13, 16, 2123, 25, 26, 30, 3436, 40]
Esteem support [14, 16, 2325, 30, 39]
Information support All articles
Network support [1, 1416, 21, 2428, 34, 36, 39]
Other types of use Emotional expression [1315, 21, 2426, 38]
Social comparison [23, 25, 35, 39]