Table 3

Social media application in palliative and end-of-life care research

Social media approachesApplicationNo of studies
As a secondary data source (n=16)To explore the quality and features of online resources612 46 50 54 55 58
To engage stakeholders to understand their experiences or thoughts544 45 49 51 57
To investigate surveillance on the frequency, trend and features of public conversation613 15 45 52 53 59
As a platform for information sharing (n=5)To deliver intervention147
To enhance recruitment opportunities210 61
For promotion, education and training248 60