Twitter becoming essential tool for docs
Posted: Mar 17, 2010
Although more doctors may be using the service, they are not necessarily using it to give patients advice.

“I was a clinical assistant professor of medicine at CWRU until 2008, and I think it is great that the university community shows an active interest in social media services such as Twitter… That said, I am yet to ask medical questions on Twitter and generally do not answer clinical queries from patients there,” said Ves Dimov, MD, founder of, an online case-based curriculum of clinical medicine, in a blog.

Doctors don’t generally use Twitter to give medical advice but to guide the public to reputable sources of information or share breaking medical news, said Kevin Pho, MD, in a post on his medical blog,

Pho conducted a similar poll in Aug. 2009, asking medical professionals how they used Twitter. He found that about 45 percent did not use the service at all. Thirty-six percent said they used it to share and keep up with news and information and only 1.5 percent said they used it to connect with patients.


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