A single tweet

A tweet looks like a request for help with a clinical problem- read on to see the responses it gets. In fact, @amitns wanted to start a discussion of NICE referral guidance. http://halfbakedpotatoes.wordpress.com/2011/05/08/nice-and-nice-tweets/ Sometimes twitter just doesn't give enough context.


  1. Last night I checked by tweetdeck column for #1care (primary care) and saw the following tweet from much earlier in the day. I didn't know why @amitns was asking the question but I thought it would be interesting to see the responses.
  2. It's wasn't long before there was a response!
  3. A doctor who has a protected stream tweeted " advertising his lack of knowledge or seeking it? or just lazy?" This is an important issue- how do other doctors and the wider public view admitting that one does not know all the answers? 

  4. Trisha and I  raised the issue of confidentiality if tweeting about a real case- even if the patient is not identifiable to others, they would be identifiable to themselves. So if I ever thought I had a reason to crowdsource clinical information I would advise the patient that I was going to do this in case they later came across my tweet themselves.

  5. Liz, a medical students suggested that she couldn't see what the fuss was about. Surely the tweet was hypothetical? I replied that we didn't know the context of the tweet. A blog post would give us more information and allow us to understand the tweet in context.

  6. @manicsleepteacher wondered if this tweet could represent the way forward for primary-secondary care communication? I pointed out the responses so far didn't seem to show that this was a very useful way of gaining information!