Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in Canada. The Internet and mobile phones have revolutionized the ways in which those affected by chronic illnesses obtain health information. Increasingly individuals affected by chronic illnesses are using social media (e.g., blogs, YouTube®, Facebook®, Twitter®) to obtain information about and social support for their conditions. This rate is expected to grow with the increased use of the Internet, mobile phones, and mobile phone/social media software applications. The future of COPD self-management is changing and will likely include the use of a blend of these three technologies. A literature review was undertaken to determine the current state of the research at the intersection of COPD and the use of mobile devices and mobile social media applications in health care.
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