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US media organisation uses Facebook to build interest in patient harm

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 30 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3840
  1. Melissa Sweet
  1. 1Sydney

ProPublica (, a not for profit media organisation based in New York, has launched a Facebook page ( ) for patients who have been harmed by healthcare.

The ProPublica Patient Harm Community, which is also open to health professionals, regulators, service managers, and the wider community, has gained more than 600 members since launching in early May.

ProPublica says it wants this “experiment in social media” to build a community interested in discussing patient harm, its causes, and solutions. It plans to post questions and answers with experts and provide links to reports, research, and policy proposals.

According to a report from …

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