PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Social media use by patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and their respective providers continues to increase, promoting disease awareness and scholarship . In this review article, we summarize the current literature regarding social media use and IBD, discuss both the patient and physician perspective, and provide guidance to avoid commonly encountered pitfalls .
RECENT FINDINGS: Patients and providers commonly rely on social media to share medical information, advocate for improved IBD care, and to network and collaborate on common research interests . This shift from more traditional formats of education and networking continues to grow exponentially, and even more rapidly so during the COVID-19 pandemic .
SUMMARY: Social media use in the IBD community will continue to grow and lead to further innovation . Providers should be aware of social media as a valuable tool for their patients and themselves.