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Quality of Information About Physical Activity in Breast Cancer Facebook Pages: A Preliminary Content Review


Gabriel Signorelli, Matilde Fernandez, Francisco Guerra, Luis Fernandez Luque, Brian Caulfield

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Refereed Conference Meeting Proceeding
In this study, we focused on posting frequency and quality of exercise and physical activity content in Facebook. We sought to (1) explore the frequency of exercise and physical activity topics posted on specialized Breast Cancer channels and (2) evaluate the quality of these information. Evaluations of informations quality were performed independently by two sports and exercise experts, with previous breast cancer physical activity experience, using the DISCERN instrument. Despite of almost one hundred Facebook pages about Breast Cancer, only six are explicitly dedicated to physical activity and exercise and those pages do not have a significant numbers of likes. It shows that there is no specialized and focused serious initiative on Facebook looking for improve Breast Cancer educational levels about exercise and motivating them to engage in a physical activity lifestyle. There are very few, and low quality posts about exercise and physical activity for breast cancer showing that less importance tan it need has been given to this topic.
Conference Name: 
2017 IEEE 30th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS)
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National University of Ireland, Dublin (UCD)
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