Tweeting about Diabetes and Diets: Content and Conversational Connections

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    The aim of this paper is to analyze 1) the semantic content of tweets discussing diabetes and diets, and 2) the conversational connections of those tweeting and those being mentioned in the tweets. The content analysis of the tweets aims at mapping what kinds of diets are mentioned in conversations about diabetes and in what context. Our data consists of 9,042 tweets containing the words “diabetes” and “diet”. The findings indicate that analyzing Twitter conversations can be an efficient way to map public opinions about diabetes and diets. The results also showed that many private persons act as diabetes advocates spreading information and news about diabetes and diets. Surveying these topics can be useful for healthcare practitioners; as these are in contact with patients with diabetes, it is important that they are aware of both the most discussed topics and the most common information sources, who are often laymen.
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    Title of host publicationSafe and Secure Cities. 5th International Conference on Well-being in the Information Society, WIS 2014. Turku, Finland, August 18-20, 2014, Proceedings
    EditorsSaranto Kaija, Castrén Maaret, Kuusela Tiina, Hyrynsalmi Sami, Ojala Stina
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-10211-5
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-10210-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Eventconference; 2014-08-18; 2014-08-20 - Turku
    Duration: 18 Aug 201420 Aug 2014


    Conferenceconference; 2014-08-18; 2014-08-20

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