Digital Media Recruitment For Fall Prevention Among Older Chinese-american Individuals: Observational, Cross-sectional Study

Title

Digital Media Recruitment For Fall Prevention Among Older Chinese-american Individuals: Observational, Cross-sectional Study

Creator

Lam Nikki Ht; Woo Benjamin Kp

Publisher

JMIR aging

Date

2018
2018-11

Description

BACKGROUND: Research in fall prevention programs has increased in recent years in response to the aging demographics of the United States. To date, limited research and outreach programs have focused on ethnic minorities due to increased cost, language barriers, and cultural differences. Digital media platforms may be a cost-effective avenue to initiate fall prevention programs for minority populations. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine whether Facebook advertisements are a practical recruitment method for health education to the Chinese-speaking population. METHODS: This was an observational, cross-sectional study. We uploaded a video on fall education on YouTube and initiated an advertisement campaign on Facebook that was linked to the video. The target population was older adults aged >45 years who used Facebook and were presented with the advertisement (N=1039). We recorded metrics such as the number of unique individuals reached, the number of views of the advertisement, the number of clicks, user gender and age, and traffic sources to the advertisement. Data were analyzed with descriptive statistics. RESULTS: Our Facebook advertisement had 1087 views (1039 unique viewers). There were 121 link clicks with a click-through rate of 11.13% (121/1087). The cost per link click was approximately US $0.06. Among the viewers, 91.41% (936/1024) were females and 8.59% (88/1024) were males. In the 45-54 age group, the ad reached 50 people, with 1 link click (2.00%). In the 55-64 age group, the ad reached 572 people, with 57 link clicks (9.97%). In the ≥65 age group, the ad reached 417 people, with 63 link clicks (15.11%). CONCLUSIONS: Facebook was able to directly target the advertisement to the desired older ethnic population at a low cost. Engagement was highest among females and among those aged ≥65 years. Hence, our results suggest that Facebook can serve as an alternative platform for dissemination of health information to geriatric patients in addition to print-based and face-to-face communication.

Subject

ethnic groups; falls; geriatrics; health education; mobile phone; social media

Identifier

Format

Journal Article or Conference Abstract Publication

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Pages

e11772-e11772

Issue

2

Volume

1

Citation

Lam Nikki Ht; Woo Benjamin Kp, “Digital Media Recruitment For Fall Prevention Among Older Chinese-american Individuals: Observational, Cross-sectional Study,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed April 18, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/10619.

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