Session Type: ACR Poster Session B
Session Time: 9:00AM-11:00AM
Background/Purpose: Twitter is an increasingly popular platform for discussion and engagement among healthcare professionals. #RheumJC is a Twitter-based international rheumatology journal club which occurs approximately once a month. One novel aspect of #RheumJC has been to include principal authors of the discussed manuscripts, whenever possible. Here we describe participant analysis and survey results from the past 18 months of this initiative with a focus on how the presence of authors has impacted the journal club and participants.
Methods: A #RheumJC development team was created to help define the structure and moderate the online discussions. Prior to each journal club, principal authors of the selected manuscripts were invited to participate. A total of 10 different online journal clubs were conducted between January 29th, 2015 and June 2nd, 2016, each consisting of two “live” one hour chats, as well as a full 24 hrs to allow for asynchronous participation. In 4 of the 10 journal clubs, principal authors of the chosen manuscripts participated in the online discussion. An analysis of all the sessions was performed to assess participant demographics and participation rates. A follow up survey was conducted after the 10th journal club to both #RheumJC participants as well as the invited authors to assess metrics of satisfaction and identify additional strengths or barriers.
Results: In total, 433 individuals from 36 different countries participated in at least one #RheumJC session. For the 4 journal clubs during which principal authors were present, compared to sessions without an author present, there were a significantly greater number of participants (46 ± 11.5 vs 26 ± 13.3 respectively, p=0.039) and tweets (462 ± 103.5 vs 306 ± 111.0, p=0.048) suggesting the presence of principal authors was a popular feature. 35 individuals from 11 different countries responded to a survey and indicated they had participated or followed along in at least one journal club session. The majority (88%) indicated they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the #RheumJC initiative. Additionally, 37.5% of respondents indicated that their participation in #RheumJC had influenced practice decision making. When asked which sessions resulted in practice changes, 71% of the responses highlighted sessions where authors were available as discussants. Of interest, 7% of respondents indicated they had joined Twitter solely because of #RheumJC, and another 37% stated that #RheumJC had increased their use of Twitter as a tool for medical education. A survey of the invited authors revealed that they found their experience very rewarding and all of them indicated that they would be highly likely to participate again.
Conclusion: #RheumJC is a novel and popular approach to the traditional medical journal club. The involvement of manuscript authors has proven to be a particularly well received aspect of this initiative. The inclusion of authors in the discussion increases user engagement and possibly can influence practice decision making by journal club participants. W
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Amigues I, Sufka P, Bhana S, Campos J, Collins C. #Rheumjc: Impact of Invited Authors on a Twitter Based Rheumatology Journal Club [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016; 68 (suppl 10). http://acrabstracts.org/abstract/rheumjc-impact-of-invited-authors-on-a-twitter-based-rheumatology-journal-club/. Accessed February 24, 2018.
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