Use of social media by French urologists: Results from a study of the National French Urological Association

A healthcare social media research article published in Progrès en Urologie, April 22, 2015

Title
Use of social media by French urologists: Results from a study of the National French Urological Association
Authors (alpha)
C. Castagnola, J-L Descotes, M Roupru00eat, V Misrai
Published
April 22, 2015
Journal
Progrès en Urologie
DOI
10.1016/j.purol.2015.03.008
Pubmed
25921610
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A healthcare social media research article published in Progrès en Urologie, April 22, 2015

Abstract

Social Media (SoMe) have changed the face of modern medicine. Our purpose was to make an inventory on the use of SoMe within urologists members of the French Urological Association (AFU). A 15 questions-survey was sent by email 2months to urologists AFU members before the 108th French Congress of Urology (#CFU2014). At the same time, the activity of urologists using Twitter was analyzed over the period of the national conference with the symplur software (www.symplur.com). Overall, 270 (17.3%) surveys were completed. Only 50% of responders had an online SoMe account. The most commonly used social media platforms were: Facebook (36.1%) followed by LinkedIn (28.2%), Google+ (19.6%), YouTube (18.7%) and Twitter (17.4%). The use of SoMe was higher in the age groups 30-40 and 40-50 years than in older age groups (83% versus 36%). Only 38.7% of respondents reported using SoMe in a professional field. At the congress #CFU2014, there were over 1000 tweets generated by 173 different contributors. Only a minority of French urologists have reported to be connected to SoMe and a predominantly personal use. The emergence of Twitter in French urological conferences is very new but seems promising. Further studies are needed, especially within the members of the residents French urological association to better characterize the true impact of SoMe in urology. 4.


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