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Nursing issues
Social media is a source of health-related misinformation
  1. Kaye Rolls1,
  2. Debbie Massey2
  1. 1Centre for Applied Nursing Research, Western Sydney University, Penrith South, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2School of Health and Human Services, Southern Cross University, Bilinga, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kaye Rolls, Centre for Applied Nursing Research, Western Sydney University, Penrith South 2170, New South Wales, Australia; kaye.rolls{at}

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Commentary on: Wang Y, McKee M, Torbica A, et al. Systematic review on the spread of health-related misinformation on social media. Soc Sci Med.2019;240:112552.doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112552. [Epub ahead of print 18 Sep 2019].

Implications for practice and research

  • When nurses and midwives encounter misinformation on social media, they should provide or direct individuals to sources of accurate information.

  • Cross-disciplinary research to understand factors that influence the uptake of health-related (mis)information is required.


Over the past 25 years, the Internet and social media have rapidly become ubiquitous in daily life, and despite improved access to information there are increasing concerns that these social channels are also spreading health-related false information or misinformation.1 2


The aim of this systematic review1 was to investigate health-related misinformation content on social media and how this was disseminated online including …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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