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Social media links with social capital to trust in healthcare facilities: empirical evidence from Bangladesh

Md. Noor Un Nabi (Business Administration Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh)
Fatema Tuj Zohora (Business Administration Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh)
S.M. Misbauddin (Department of Management, Jashore University of Science and Technology, Jashore, Bangladesh)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 28 February 2023

Issue publication date: 18 April 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to investigate the most influential social media information sources to trust in healthcare facilities. The article shows a valuable point of reference for understanding how social media becomes the casting of social capital.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper has taken 660 responses from the people who used social media for healthcare information in the mid of 2020 during the pandemic. The people were approached through different social media groups. The paper conducted structural equation modelling (SEM). The result has shown that with the instigating power of social capital where people put trust in social media information during pandemics.

Findings

The findings demonstrated that personal sources, government organisations and healthcare professionals are the most influential sources of social media. In order to effectively ensure the encompassing provision of COVID-19 health services, this article argues that social capital considerations establish trust between healthcare facilities seeking community to healthcare information providers.

Research limitations/implications

This research has signified that social cohesion and concern for community welfare instigated people to engage in social media communication. The inherent social capital belongings influence people to trust the sources of health information from selected sources that appear on social media.

Practical implications

Healthcare policymakers may utilise this intense feeling of belongingness and cohesion of social capital and use social media platforms to spread health-related information.

Originality/value

The study shows social capital has the strength to entice people into healthcare-seeking behaviour. In this era, social capital is reformulated to digital social capital through social media and strongly affects people's trust.

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Citation

Nabi, M.N.U., Zohora, F.T. and Misbauddin, S.M. (2023), "Social media links with social capital to trust in healthcare facilities: empirical evidence from Bangladesh", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 41 No. 1, pp. 210-228. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-09-2022-0443

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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