The Straits Times
Published on Nov 20, 2012

People turn to Twitter for CPR information: Study


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A study in the US has found some Twitter users turn to the social network to find and post information on health issues like cardiac arrest and CPR.

Over a month, researchers found 15,234 messages on Twitter that included specific information about resuscitation and cardiac arrest, said the study published in the journal Resuscitation.

"From a science standpoint, we wanted to know if we can reliably find information on a public health topic, or is (Twitter) just a place where people describe what they ate that day," said Dr Raina Merchant, the study's lead author and a professor at the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

According to the researchers, they found people using Twitter to send and receive a wide variety of information on CPR and cardiac arrest, including their personal experiences, questions and current events.