The article unfolds at the intersection of health communication, gender studies and social media research, offering insights into the representation and practices of LGBT health on TikTok. Through a qualitative analysis of 159 videos, this exploratory study identifies actors, themes, and languages within this social media. Empirical evidence shows the strategic presence of health providers; the relevance of issues such as the doctor-patient relationship, often described as discriminatory due to lack of skills and specific training; the competent use of communication styles and interactive functions to improve the visibility of videos. The study opens to reflections on the role played by TikTok in promoting the empowerment of the LGBT community; the function of videos as stories and discourses on health and disease in social media environment; the process of incorporation of the platform logics by doctors to acquire reputational capital and attract market niches.

Pratiche comunicative di salute LGBT e social media: una ricerca esplorativa su TikTok

Lovari, Alessandro
;
Scarcelli, Marco
2022

Abstract

The article unfolds at the intersection of health communication, gender studies and social media research, offering insights into the representation and practices of LGBT health on TikTok. Through a qualitative analysis of 159 videos, this exploratory study identifies actors, themes, and languages within this social media. Empirical evidence shows the strategic presence of health providers; the relevance of issues such as the doctor-patient relationship, often described as discriminatory due to lack of skills and specific training; the competent use of communication styles and interactive functions to improve the visibility of videos. The study opens to reflections on the role played by TikTok in promoting the empowerment of the LGBT community; the function of videos as stories and discourses on health and disease in social media environment; the process of incorporation of the platform logics by doctors to acquire reputational capital and attract market niches.
Comunicazione della salute; TikTok; LGBT; social media; salute; storie di salute; relazione medico-paziente; health communication
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