Yelp Offers New Insights into the Pain Management Experiences of Patients and Caregivers

A team of researchers, physicians, and computer scientists at Penn’s Center for Health Care Innovation have explored the various ways in which social media data can be used to investigate some of the most pressing issues in medicine. Some topics investigated include inequality in medical outcomes among different populations, trends among people … [Read more...]

Ebola and the viral spread of information

Ebola is increasingly in the news with much information - and misinformation - in the media. The following are extracts adapted from two blog posts by Symplur [1,2], who are not only following the spread of information about this disease, but also looking at whether organisations and people who know much about Ebola are able to influence this … [Read more...]

To tweet or not tweet unpublished data

is a question that came up after a recent seminar where unpublished research was being presented.  It's the sort of thing that makes researchers turn pale and sweat - unpublished data has to stay unpublished for research papers to be accepted by journals like Pain, yet with smart phones like the iPhone it's very easy to share pictures of slides … [Read more...]

Missing in Action? How are Pain Journals using Social Media?

To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question. Nature journal recently put out "Peer review: Trial by Twitter: Blogs and tweets are ripping papers apart within days of publication, leaving researchers unsure how to react". The fact remains, however, that the application of evidence based medicine to clinical practice means we need to keep up to … [Read more...]