The use of Twitter to facilitate sharing of clinical expertise in urology

J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2018 Feb 1;25(2):183-186. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocx055.


The use of social media in the urologic community is common and increasing. Although the potential benefits of platforms like Twitter have been described in the literature, the use of social media in the clinical context of Urology has not been explored.In this case report, we describe how we used Twitter to share ideas about the clinical management of a complex urologic patient. By posting a clinical scenario, a timely discussion was generated with global participation and expert suggestions. This knowledge was applied to the surgical management of a patient with positive clinical outcomes.The ability of Twitter to facilitate rapid communication with a wide network of contributors makes it a potentially useful tool for clinical decision making. Care must be taken to ensure patient confidentiality and caution used appropriately when evaluating the sources and content of the clinical information shared.

Keywords: Social media; crowdsourcing.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Abscess / drug therapy
  • Abdominal Abscess / etiology
  • Confidentiality
  • Crowdsourcing / methods*
  • Diverticulum / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney Calculi / complications
  • Kidney Calculi / diagnostic imaging
  • Kidney Calculi / surgery*
  • Kidney Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Kidney Diseases / drug therapy
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Care Management / methods*
  • Proteus Infections / drug therapy
  • Proteus Infections / etiology
  • Proteus mirabilis / isolation & purification
  • Social Media*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ureteroscopy / instrumentation
  • Ureteroscopy / methods*
  • Urology*