Twitter and Resuscitation Education: Is this the Future?

Department of Emergency Medicine, Alpert Medical School, Brown University. Electronic address: .
Resuscitation (Impact Factor: 4.17). 12/2012; 84(2). DOI: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2012.12.001
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    • "In this way, Twitter can serve as a critical venue for engagement between the healthcare establishment and the public (Bosley et al. 2013). Twitter is also becoming a E. K. Choo et al. resource for conducting public health functions, including disseminating important health updates and information (Ranney & Daya 2013) or coordinating relief efforts: for example, Twitter hashtags were used during the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan to help aid workers identify locations to focus relief efforts (Stuart 2013). Building a support network Finally, Twitter can serve an important psychological role for healthcare providers, allowing them to share discouraging experiences or personal and professional challenges and receive validation and encouragement. "
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    ABSTRACT: Twitter is a tool for physicians to increase engagement of learners and the public, share scientific information, crowdsource new ideas, conduct, discuss and challenge emerging research, pursue professional development and continuing medical education, expand networks around specialized topics and provide moral support to colleagues. However, new users or skeptics may well be wary of its potential pitfalls. The aims of this commentary are to discuss the potential advantages of the Twitter platform for dialogue among physicians, to explore the barriers to accurate and high-quality healthcare discourse and, finally, to recommend potential safeguards physicians may employ against these threats in order to participate productively.
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    • "rumor spreading? (Ranney & Daya, 2013). One challenge, of course, is the difficulty in examining trends in electronic aggression over time. "
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Twitter is an increasingly popular means of research dissemination. I sought to examine the relation between scientific merit and mainstream popularity of general medical journals. Methods: I extracted impact factors and citations for 2014 for all general medical journals listed in the Thomson Reuters InCites Journal Citation Reports. I collected Twitter statistics (number of followers, number following, number of tweets) between July 25 and 27, 2015 from the Twitter profiles of journals that had Twitter accounts. I calculated the ratio of observed to expected Twitter followers according to citations via the Kardashian Index. I created the (Fifty Shades of) Grey Scale to calculate the analogous ratio according to impact factor. Results: Only 28% (43/153) of journals had Twitter profiles. The scientific and social media impact of journals were correlated: in adjusted models, Twitter followers increased by 0.78% (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.38%-1.18%) for every 1% increase in impact factor and by 0.62% (95% CI 0.34%-0.90%) for every 1% increase in citations. Kardashian Index scores above the 99% CI were obsverved in 16% (7/43) of journals, including 6 of the 7 highest ranked journals by impact factor, whereas 58% (25/43) had scores below this interval. For the Grey Scale, 12% (5/43) of journals had scores above and 35% (15/43) had scores below the 99% CI. Interpretation: The size of a general medical journal's Twitter following is strongly linked to its impact factor and citations, suggesting that higher quality research received more mainstream attention. Many journals have not capitalized on this dissemination method, although others have used it to their advantage.
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