Social Media Power: 2016's Most-Read Articles on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Articles on physicians with business degrees, a popular diabetes drug, and alcohol as an antidepressant may not seem to have a lot in common, but they were popular on social media in 2016.

Articles on physicians with business degrees, a popular diabetes drug, and alcohol as an antidepressant may not seem to have a lot in common, but they were popular on social media in 2016. The American Journal of Managed Care®(AJMC®) thanks everyone who is a part of the franchise’s various social media platforms and who shared, liked, and promoted original research, news, and more all year long.

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These 5 articles had the most interest on social media networks.

5. When Doctors Go to Business School: Career Choices of Physician—MBAs

An analysis of physicians who graduated from Harvard Business School found the just half (49.3%) remained clinically active in some capacity. Even fewer (27.7%) said that clinical medicine was their primary professional role. The study found that the majority of physician—MBAs diverted from clinical activity. This article, which shed new light into the career outcomes of the growing number of physician–MBAs, was published in the June issue of AJMC®.

4. Bariatric Surgery Outperforms Drugs, Lifestyle Interventions in Reversing Diabetes in Study

Not only did the study in this article find that gastric bypass provides benefits beyond weight loss and can actually be more effective than diet and exercise when it comes to reversing type 2 diabetes in people with mild obesity, but the study found the surgery outperformed anti-diabetic drugs. Patients in the study also enjoyed cardiovascular benefits and a reduced risk of cancer.

3. Afrezza: Treating Diabetes in a Physiologic Manner

The September issue of Evidence-Based Diabetes Management explored Afrezza, a fast-acting inhaled insulin that has been popular with patients, but had a bad launch. This article highlighted the clinical advantages of Afrezza. Author R. Keith Campbell, MBA, BPharm, CDE, looked at the evidence from studies provided his own personal perspective as someone living with type 1 diabetes.

For more on the situation with Afrezza, check out “5 Things to Know About Afrezza.”

2. Hospital or Home: Building a Better US Maternity Care System (Katy B. Kozhimannil)

AJMC.com contributor Katy B. Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA, looked at a paper published in The New England Journal of Medicine and the debate about which is safer for moms and their babies: to give birth at a hospital or at another setting, such as a birth center or at home? In her article, she weighed the benefits and risks found in the study, and what the findings mean.

If you are interested in becoming an AJMC.com contributor, e-mail Laura Joszt at ljoszt@ajmc.com.

1. Study Finds Alcohol Creates Effects of Fast-Acting Antidepressant

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that an article looking at the effects of alcohol was popular on social media. While the idea that people self-medicated with alcohol to relieve symptoms of depression is not new, a new study looked at the biochemical path and was able to show alcohol produced the same effect being seen in newer rapid-acting antidepressants. Not only does alcohol’s effect on depression occur quickly, but it can last a full day.