Physicians on Twitter

Medical Service, Washington DC VA Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA.
JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association (Impact Factor: 30.39). 02/2011; 305(6):566-8. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2011.68
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    • "Physicians use these key social networks [5]: Twitter (400 million tweets are posted each day), a microblogging site, is used for rapid communication of ideas and opinions. Since Twitter started, hundreds of millions of tweets have included the word ''health'' [6] [7]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Social media use is becoming common in medical practice. Although primarily used in this context to connect physicians, social media allows users share information, to create an online profile, to learn and keep knowledge up to date, to facilitate virtual attendance at medical conferences, and to measure impact within a field. However, shared content should be considered permanent and beyond the control of its author, and typical boundaries, such as the patient-physician interaction, become blurred, putting both parties at risk. The European Association of Urology brought together a committee of stakeholders to create guidance on the good practice and standards of use of social media. These encompass guidance about defining an online profile; managing accounts; protecting the reputations of yourself and your organization; protecting patient confidentiality; and creating honest, responsible content that reflects your standing as a physician and your membership within this profession.
    European Urology 07/2014; 66(4). DOI:10.1016/j.eururo.2014.06.046 · 12.48 Impact Factor
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    • "When Web 2.0 technologies are applied in health care, the terms eHealth, Health 2.0, or Medicine 2.0 may be used [14] [15], facilitating (1) social networking, (2) participation, (3) apomediation, and (4) openness in groups. Several studies claim that Health 2.0 is transferring the way health professionals and patients interact and relate to each other [14] [15] [16] [17]. In the literature on applying new technologies in the health care setting, several motives can be distinguished [8,10,14–18]. "
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate patients' and health professionals' (a) motives and use of social media for health-related reasons, and (b) barriers and expectations for health-related social media use. We conducted a descriptive online survey among 139 patients and 153 health care professionals in obstetrics and gynecology. In this survey, we asked the respondents about their motives and use of social network sites (SNS: Facebook and Hyves), Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Results showed that patients primarily used Twitter (59.9%), especially for increasing knowledge and exchanging advice and Facebook (52.3%), particularly for social support and exchanging advice. Professionals primarily used LinkedIn (70.7%) and Twitter (51.2%), for communication with their colleagues and marketing reasons. Patients' main barriers for social media use were privacy concerns and unreliability of the information. Professionals' main barriers were inefficiency and lack of skills. Both patients and professionals expected future social media use, provided that they can choose their time of social media usage. The results indicate disconcordance in patients' and professionals' motives and use of social media in health care. Future studies on social media use in health care should not disregard participants' underlying motives, barriers and expectations regarding the (non)use of social media.
    Patient Education and Counseling 07/2013; 92(3). DOI:10.1016/j.pec.2013.06.020 · 2.60 Impact Factor
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    • "Most Twitter usage involves spontaneous ''tweets'' that cover the gamut of social media, while little has been published on its use in education. In fact, one recent study showed that only 1% of tweets pertained to the topic of medical education (Chretien et al. 2011). Due to the ease of distribution, the ''microblog'' based nature of the service, and the potential to reach a large audience, Twitter can aid in the delivery of a curriculum to students (Trueman and Miles 2011). "
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    ABSTRACT: The millennial learner is reliant on technology to gain knowledge. Social media in the form of Twitter and Facebook provide a unique way to reach these learners. To demonstrate a supplement to a curriculum using "push technology" via Twitter and Facebook to deliver educational content to mobile devices. A curriculum consisting of high-yield ultrasound concepts was developed and posted to Twitter @EDUltrasound daily. Followers received tweets "pushed" directly to their mobile devices. Following the year-long program, followers were surveyed regarding the program's effectiveness. To determine the ways in which tweets were reaching users, followers were categorized demographically. Daily "tweets" were posted each morning beginning on July 1, 2010. By the end of the year, there were 87 followers on Twitter and 78 on Facebook. The majority of followers (55.6%) had not previously used Twitter. The majority of followers (88.9%) found Twitter user-friendly, while most (81.5%) found the information useful. Due to ease of use and widespread applicability, Twitter and Facebook are excellent applications of "push technology" as a means to deliver educational content. This pilot project demonstrates the potential of social media to both supplement and enhance traditional educational methods.
    Medical Teacher 03/2012; 34(6):439-44. DOI:10.3109/0142159X.2012.668245 · 2.05 Impact Factor
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