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Abstract: SA-PO825

Using Twitter for Kidney Transplant: A Tweet Analysis for Living Donation

Session Information

Category: Transplantation

  • 2002 Transplantation: Clinical

Authors

  • Ramos, Everly, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Corrigan, Dillon, Cleveland Clinic Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Huml, Anne M., Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Cholin, Liza, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Background

Social media is increasingly utilized by patients, health-care providers, and medical centers to disseminate information. This study aimed to describe Twitter conversations relating to kidney transplant and specifically, living kidney donation.

Methods

Using the open-source snscrape tool, we identified twitter posts between February 2021 and February 2022 that contained the hashtags “living donor,” “live donor,” “living kidney donor,” live kidney donor,” “kidney donor,” or “kidney transplant.” A descriptive analysis was done on the tweets using the R statistical software.

Results

A total of 6,773 unique tweets were generated. 70.8% of tweets contained the hashtag “kidney transplant.” The most popular terms used were “kidney,” “transplant,” and “donor.” Peaks in tweet volumes were noted around World Kidney Day and on the event of a pig kidney xenotransplantation (Fig 1). The top Twitter users were private nephrology practices in the US. Sentiment analysis on the tweets in English language showed a general positive sentiment about living kidney organ donation (Fig 2).

Conclusion

There is a lot of positive discussion on Twitter relating to living kidney donation. Further research is needed to determine the impact these social media conversations have on actual donation.