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Review of Twitter for Infectious Diseases Clinicians: Useful or a Waste of Time?

Overview of attention for article published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, February 2015
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329 X users
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10 Facebook pages
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1 Google+ user

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Title
Review of Twitter for Infectious Diseases Clinicians: Useful or a Waste of Time?
Published in
Clinical Infectious Diseases, February 2015
DOI 10.1093/cid/civ071
Pubmed ID
Authors

Debra A. Goff, Ravina Kullar, Jason G. Newland

Abstract

Healthcare professionals (HCPs) are using social media tools to communicate, educate and engage with their peers worldwide. Twitter allows HCPs to deliver easily accessible "real-time" clinical information on a global scale. Twitter has over 500 million active users who generate over 58 million tweets and 2.1 billion search queries every day. In this paper, we describe why Twitter is important, how and when an infectious diseases (ID) HCP should use Twitter, the impact it has in disseminating ID news, and the educational value of Twitter. We also describe various tools within Twitter, such as Twitter Chat, that connect and bond HCPs on a specific topic. For the ID HCP, Twitter may help teach the global responsible use of antimicrobials in a world of escalating antimicrobial resistance.

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 1%
United States 1 1%
Germany 1 1%
Argentina 1 1%
Unknown 74 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 13 17%
Student > Master 12 15%
Other 10 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 12%
Student > Bachelor 5 6%
Other 12 15%
Unknown 17 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 24 31%
Computer Science 7 9%
Social Sciences 7 9%
Business, Management and Accounting 4 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 4%
Other 12 15%
Unknown 21 27%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 209. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 04 September 2020.
All research outputs
#197,347
of 26,378,648 outputs
Outputs from Clinical Infectious Diseases
#437
of 17,144 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#2,178
of 364,283 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Clinical Infectious Diseases
#3
of 184 outputs
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