Social media for surveillance of mental health during disasters

Added August 24, 2020

Citation: Karmegam D, Ramamoorthy T, Mappillairajan B. A systematic review of techniques employed for determining mental health using social media in psychological surveillance during disasters. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness. 2020 Apr:14(2):265-72.

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What is this? It is important to monitor the mental health of the public during disasters and crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and social media data might be used for mental health surveillance.

In this systematic review, the authors searched for studies that used psychological analysis of social media data to investigate mental health during disasters. They restricted their search to studies published in English between 2009 and 2018 and did the search in November 2018. They included 18 studies that addressed the emotional expressions and attitudes on social media in different disasters from France (2 studies), Germany (1), Japan (2), Mexico (1), the Netherlands (1), South Korea (1) and the USA (9).

What was found: Information extracted from social media data may provide valuable information about the emotions of the population during and after disasters and enhances the traditional methods of information gathering at the time of a disaster.


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