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Table 2 Social media data characteristics

From: Utility of social media and crowd-intelligence data for pharmacovigilance: a scoping review

Social media data characteristics (n = 70) Count (%)
Number of social media sources included by study authors 1 38 (54.3%)
2 10 (14.3%)
3 8 (11.4%)
4 3 (4.3%)
> 5 7 (10.0%)
Not reported 4 (5.7%)
Type of social media sites Patient-specific 35 (50.0%)
General population 27 (38.6%)
Both patient-specific and general population 7 (10.0%)
Not reported 1 (1.4%)
Region of origin of the social media posts USA 5 (7.1%)
Spain 2 (2.9%)
Germany 1 (1.4%)
50+ countries 1 (1.4%)
USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand 1 (1.4%)
France 1 (1.4%)
UK, North America, Australasia 1 (1.4%)
Not reported 58 (82.9%)
Language of the social media posts English 60 (85.7%)
Spanish 2 (2.9%)
French 2 (2.9%)
German 1 (1.4%)
Serbian 1 (1.4%)
Multilingual 2 (2.9%)
Not reported 2 (2.9%)
Method employed to collect social media data Web crawling/ spidering software 19 (27.1%)
API of the host site 14 (20.0%)
Keyword search 7 (10.0%)
Multiple methods 4 (5.7%)
Other methods 13 (18.6%)
Not Reported 13 (18.6%)
Duration (years) of social media data Median (Q1, Q3) 1.13 (0.5, 7.13)
Not reported 34 (48.6%)
Number of social media posts retrieved Median (Q1, Q3) 42,594 (4608, 711,562)
Not reported 5 (7.1%)