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Research Letter
October 14, 2019

Gender Differences in Twitter Use and Influence Among Health Policy and Health Services Researchers

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon
  • 2Leonard Davis Institute of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 3Center for Digital Health, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 4Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Phildadelphia
  • 5George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 6The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 7Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 8Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 9Center for Health Equity Research and Quality at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(12):1726-1729. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.4027

Ample research has documented the lower visibility and success of women compared with men in academic medicine. Against this setting, social media platforms such as Twitter offer academics opportunities to promote their research, network professionally, gain visibility, and, in turn, foster opportunities for career advancement.1 These opportunities are particularly critical in health policy and health services research, in which dissemination of policy-relevant research and engagement with health care decision-makers impacts academic influence, recognition, and promotion. Herein, we describe gender differences in Twitter use and influence among health services researchers.

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