Blog | Thursday, May 31, 2012

QD: News Every Day--Nearly 1 in 8 doctors is blogging

A lot of doctors are blogging.

Researchers looked at 1,750 primary care physicians, pediatricians, obstetrician/gynecologists, and dermatologists. Results appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Among the study findings, in the previous six months, 80% had used a smartphone to access information, 60% used a social networking website, nearly 50% used e-mail to communicate with patients, and 13% reported blogging.

Among the bloggers, those in practice less than 5 years were more likely to do so than those in practice more than 20 years (odds ratio, 2.17; 95% confidence interval, 1.25 to 3.76; P less than 0.01). Men blogged more often than women (odds ratio, 1.59; 95% confidence interval, 1.15 to 2.20; P less than 0.01).

How far can physicians take blogging? Ves Dimov, MD, points out one successful physicians blogger who is on pace to surpass 1 million page views this year. Stephen W. Smith, MD, a faculty physician in the Emergency Medicine Residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, boiled down his efforts to blog about electrocardiography into a scientific abstract presentation that's available at his blog.