Social media for research discourse, dissemination, and collaboration in rheumatology

Ariella Coler-Reilly, Elizabeth R. Graef, Alfred H.J. Kim, Jean W. Liew, Michael S. Putman, Sebastian E. Sattui, Kristen J. Young, Jeffrey A. Sparks

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Social media has become an important venue for rheumatologists, patients, organizations, and other stakeholders to discuss recent research advances in diagnosis and management of rheumatic disorders. In this article, we describe the current state of how social media may enhance dissemination, discourse, and collaboration in rheumatology research. Social media may refer to social platforms like Twitter and Instagram or digital media like podcasts and other websites that are operated for providing as free, open-access medical education (FOAM). Twitter has been one of the most active social media venues and continues to host a vibrant rheumatology community. Examples of research discussions on Twitter include organic user tweets, educational threads ("tweetorials"), live-tweeting academic conferences, and journals posting recently-accepted articles. Some research collaborations have been initiated through social media interactions. Social media may also directly contribute to research by facilitating the recruitment of study participants and the collection of survey-based data. Thus, social media is an evolving and important tool to enhance research discourse, dissemination, and collaboration in rheumatology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-179
Number of pages11
JournalRheumatology and Immunology Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2022


  • Twitter
  • free open-access medical education
  • research
  • rheumatology
  • social media


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