Hashtags in scientific work

In the paper “Disease-Specific Hashtags for Online Communication About Cancer Care” by Matthew S. Katz et al. from JAMA  Oncol.  analyzed the effectiveness of Hashtags in medical work.

Hashtags are user-generated tags that can organize and aggregate content on social networks. In July 2011, 2 patient advocates started a breast cancer chat on Twitter using the tag #bcsm (breast cancer social media); one of us (D.J.A.) joined as a comoderator. This same model but with hashtag #btsm was used to discuss brain tumors in January 2012. Both tags are now regularly used on Twitter by patients, caregivers, and HCPs.


Katz MS, Utengen A, Anderson PF, Thompson MA, Attai DJ, Johnston C, Dizon DS. Disease-Specific Hashtags for Online Communication About Cancer Care. JAMA Oncol. 2016;2(3):392-394. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2015.3960


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