Rheumatology International

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 183–190 | Cite as

Social media for research, education and practice in rheumatology

  • Olena ZimbaEmail author
  • Olena Radchenko
  • Larysa Strilchuk


Online social networking offers numerous opportunities for continuing medical education, professional development, and scholarly collaboration. Available social media channels proved useful for expanding education and research perspectives, particularly in rapidly developing academic disciplines such as rheumatology. Although there are numerous advantages of social media, busy clinicians should be aware of some drawbacks related to misinformation, unethical promotion, and unprofessional behavior in globally expanding platforms. Filtering credible and expert-proven information by skilled users is, therefore, increasingly important. Enforcing ethical norms and advancing professional etiquette in the field is strongly advisable. This article overviews the advantages and shortcomings of social media and reflects on available platforms for education and research in rheumatology.


Social media Twitter Scholarly communication Research Education Rheumatology 


Author contributions

In accordance with the ICMJE criteria, all authors contributed to the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine #2Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical UniversityLvivUkraine
  2. 2.Department of Therapy #1 and Medical DiagnosticsDanylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical UniversityLvivUkraine

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