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Twitter Social Media is an Effective Tool for Breast Cancer Patient Education and Support: Patient-Reported Outcomes by Survey
by Deanna J Attai, Michael S Cowher, Mohammed Al-Hamadani, Jody M Schoger, Alicia C Staley, Jeffrey Landercasper
(Published on 30 Jul 2015)
Background: Despite reported benefits, many women do not attend breast cancer support groups. Abundant online resources for support exist, but information regarding the effectiveness of participation is lacking. We report the results of a Twitter breast cancer support community participant survey. Objective: The aim was to determine the effectiveness of social media as a tool for breast cancer patient education and decreasing anxiety. Methods: The Breast Cancer Social Media Twitter support community (#BCSM) began in July 2011. Institutional review board approval with a waiver of informed consent was obtained for a deidentified survey that was posted for 2 weeks on Twitter and on the #BCSM blog and Facebook page. Results: There were 206 respondents to the survey. In all, 92.7% (191/206)...
Allowing Physicians to Choose the Value of Compensation for Participation in a Web-Based Survey: Randomized Controlled Trial
by Alison E Turnbull, Cristi L O'Connor, Bryan Lau, Scott D Halpern, Dale M Needham
(Published on 29 Jul 2015)
Background: Survey response rates among physicians are declining, and determining an appropriate level of compensation to motivate participation poses a major challenge. Objective: To estimate the effect of permitting intensive care physicians to select their preferred level of compensation for completing a short Web-based survey on physician (1) response rate, (2) survey completion rate, (3) time to response, and (4) time spent completing the survey. Methods: A total of 1850 US intensivists from an existing database were randomized to receive a survey invitation email with or without an incentive available to the first 100 respondents. The incentive could be instantly redeemed for an amount chosen by the respondent, up to a maximum of US $50. Results: The overall response...

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