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Novel survey disseminated through Twitter supports its utility for networking, disseminating research, advocacy, clinical practice and other professional goals

Overview of attention for article published in Canadian Urological Association Journal, October 2015
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#37 of 310)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (84th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (88th percentile)

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Title
Novel survey disseminated through Twitter supports its utility for networking, disseminating research, advocacy, clinical practice and other professional goals
Published in
Canadian Urological Association Journal, October 2015
DOI 10.5489/cuaj.3014
Pubmed ID
Authors

Hendrik Borgmann, Sasha DeWitt, Igor Tsaur, Axel Haferkamp, Stacy Loeb

Abstract

Twitter use has grown exponentially within the urological community. We aimed to determine the perceptions of the impact of Twitter on users' clinical practice, research, and other professional activities. We performed an 11-item online survey of Twitter contributors during two major urological meetings: the European Association of Urology (EAU) and the American Urological Association (AUA) annual meetings. During the EAU 2014 meeting, we distributed the survey via the meeting official Twitter feed. During the AUA 2014 meeting, we applied a new method by directly sending the survey to Twitter contributors. We performed a subset analysis for assessing the perceived impact of Twitter on the clinical practice of physicians. Among 312 total respondents, the greatest perceived benefits of Twitter among users were for networking (97%) and disseminating information (96%), followed by research (75%), advocacy (74%) and career development (62%). In total, 65% of Twitter users have dealt with guidelines on online medical professionalism and 71% of physician users found that Twitter had an impact on their clinical practice, and 33% had made a clinical decision based on an online case discussion. Our results suggest that Twitter users in the urological community perceive important benefits. These benefits extend to multiple professional domains, particularly networking, disseminating information, remote conference participation, research, and advocacy. This is the first study that has been disseminated to targeted individuals from the urological community directly through tweets, providing a proof of principle for this research method.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 18 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 4 22%
Unspecified 3 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 17%
Researcher 3 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 11%
Other 3 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 5 28%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 22%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 17%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 11%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 6%
Other 3 17%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 9. 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 28 January 2019.
All research outputs
#1,829,034
of 13,288,667 outputs
Outputs from Canadian Urological Association Journal
#37
of 310 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#54,543
of 357,703 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Canadian Urological Association Journal
#1
of 9 outputs
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