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Hospital ratings on social media appear to reflect quality of care

Social media has become an important way for institutions to communicate – both sending messages and receiving feedback – with clients and with the general public. A new study from MGH investigators finds a correlation between how hospitals are rated on Facebook’s five-star system and how well they performed on a widely-used measure of quality care. Read more.

News Releases

3/25/15: Global health experts outline lessons to be learned from Ebola epidemic While the international response to the Ebola epidemic included unprecedented measures that appeared to be gaining control of the outbreak by the end of 2014, the past year has also revealed critical weaknesses in the global public health system.

3/17/15: Genetic background determines whether aspirin/NSAIDS will reduce colorectal cancer risk An analysis of genetic and lifestyle data from 10 large epidemiologic studies confirmed that regular use of aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs appears to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer in most individuals. The study also found that a few individuals with rare genetic variants do not share this benefit.

3/13/15: Bariatric surgery appears to cut risks for serious asthma-related events A study led by MGH investigators suggests that bariatric surgery can significantly reduce the risk of asthma attacks – also called exacerbations – in obese patients with asthma.

3/12/15: Inflammatory factor IL-3 may play essential role in development of sepsis A new study finds that Interleukin-3, an inflammatory factor most associated with allergic reactions, appears to have an important role in the overwhelming, life-threatening immune reaction called sepsis.

3/12/15: Hospital ratings on social media appear to reflect quality of care A new study from MGH investigators finds a correlation between how hospitals are rated on Facebook’s five-star system and how well they performed on a widely-used measure of quality care.

2/09/15: Mood, Anxiety Disorders Common in Tourette Patients A new study of Tourette syndrome (TS) led by researchers from the University of California at San Francisco and MGH has found that nearly 86 percent of patients who seek treatment for TS will be diagnosed with a second psychiatric disorder during their lifetimes, and that nearly 58 percent will receive two or more such diagnoses.

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Media Coverage

03/25/2015: Teen uses special diet to stop seizures WCVB-TV, Channel 5
video report featuring MGH physician Joel Salinas, dietician Heidi Pfeifer and MGH patient

03/25/2015: Could Sex Have Brought Ebola Back to Liberia? NBC News.com
mentions report co-authored by MGH physicians Mark Siedner and Hilarie Cranmer

03/25/2015: Massachusetts doctors criticize global response to Ebola Boston Business Journal

03/25/2015: In Iceland’s DNA, New Clues to Disease-Causing Genes New York Times
quotes MGH investigator Daniel MacArthur

03/25/2015: Why do we love to watch psychopaths? Los Angeles Times
includes comments from MGH physician Ron Schouten

03/25/2015: Herald reader aids recovering couple, newborn Boston Herald
follow-up story on family of child born at MGH

03/25/2015: Biogen data reignites debate over Alzheimer's cause as investors back off Boston Business Journal
mentions study led by MGH investigator Rudy Tanzi