"Egalitarian. That's the one word that best sums up the ‘Twitterverse'. Where else can anyone, whether clinician or patient, with a computer or smartphone—and something to say in 140 characters or less— meet, chat, and share, regardless of time or place?
“Twitter is turning out to be an excellent birds-eye view of what research is capturing the attention of social media, and is giving me the opportunity to comment on it in real time, and to a larger audience, that may or may not include patients directly under my care,” Don S. Dizon, MD, Director, Oncology Sexual Health Clinic and Assistant in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, in Boston, MA, told ChemotherapyAdvisor.com.
Richard Besser, MD, ABC News' Chief Health and Medical Editor (@DrRichardBesser), recently hosted a Tweet chat on breast cancer (#BreastCancer). The session “attracted a hugely diverse group, from institutions to individual doctors to advocates and thought leaders and, finally, patients,” said Dr. Dizon, who participated. “The questions ranged from screening and prevention to treatment, so a lot was covered in an hour. Several of us posted resources to blogs, sites, and news stories that were relevant. I found that [to be] the most useful part of the conversation.”