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Digital Health Lunchtime Seminar | #TwitterMind: using social media for connection and its role in brain injury rehabilitation

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens in an instant and is estimated to affect sixty-nine million people each year. Due to changes in cognition and communication following a TBI, many people experience a significant loss of friendships after their injury. Social media may offer an important way for people with a TBI to connect and might reduce some of the difficulty they can have in face-to-face conversations. However, little was known about how people with TBI use social media or how it is used during rehabilitation. This presentation will give an overview of a multilevel mixed methods research design which culminated in a meta-synthesis of data from: (a) literature on use of social media and technology for communication and participation after TBI, (b) Twitter data and network analysis, (c) interviews with people with TBI, and (d) focus groups with TBI rehabilitation professionals. The talk will outline a social media rehabilitation protocol that was developed and new research endeavours underway that are providing guidance on using social media during brain injury rehabilitation and beyond. Brought to you by the Discipline of Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health.

Dr Melissa ‘Liss’ Brunner is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Acquired Brain Injury Communication Lab here at the University of Sydney. She is an early career researcher and certified practicing speech pathologist with over eighteen years of experience in the assessment and management of adults with swallowing and communication difficulties. Liss has clinical and research expertise in acquired neurologic disorders, and her research experience and collaborations extend across interdisciplinary health care contexts, with specialist skills in qualitatively driven social media and digital health mixed methods research. Her doctoral research laid the necessary groundwork in understanding the complexity of the issues surrounding people with TBI using social media and how it may (or may not) be addressed during their rehabilitation. Through using social media for research translation (in particular on Twitter as @LissBEE_CPSP), her research has gained exposure globally, generating conversations and driving change to create better opportunities for participation and inclusion of people living with an acquired brain injury.

Tuesday 22nd September | 12.00pm-12.45pm.
Zoom link – https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/410813893