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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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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (98th percentile)

Mentioned by

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375 tweeters
facebook
10 Facebook pages
googleplus
1 Google+ user

Citations

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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

D. A. Goff, R. Kullar, J. 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.

Twitter Demographics

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 2%
United States 1 2%
Germany 1 2%
Argentina 1 2%
Unknown 58 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 12 19%
Student > Master 10 16%
Other 9 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 13%
Student > Bachelor 5 8%
Other 10 16%
Unknown 8 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 21 34%
Computer Science 9 15%
Social Sciences 6 10%
Business, Management and Accounting 4 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 5%
Other 10 16%
Unknown 9 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 240. 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 13 April 2020.
All research outputs
#67,526
of 15,339,542 outputs
Outputs from Clinical Infectious Diseases
#114
of 12,348 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#1,283
of 286,138 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Clinical Infectious Diseases
#3
of 242 outputs
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