Why bother with Twitter and tweet chats?

Categories: Education.

Twitter provokes my thinking – I find out stuff I don’t know about.
It feeds my soul – I pause and reflect because of other people’s ideas.
It nourishes my heart – I see different types of communities talking together.

Of course there is the less attractive side of it, such as lots of broadcasting and shouting rather than conversations and debate, but I am still drawn back to Twitter.

Come and join in!

The next @WeEOLC #WeEOLC tweet chat is being held on Tuesday 2 February 2016, 8-9pm GMT and will focus on ‘preferred place of death’.

Last year the National Institute for Health Research Dissemination centre (@NIHR_DC) published the Better Endings review of NIHR funded end of life studies. The review aimed to help those delivering, planning or using end of life services to ensure that the right care is delivered in the right place at the right time.

This got us thinking:

  • What influences and enables people to discuss and die in their preferred place?
  • Is home always the preferred place of death?

We are delighted that the authors of two of the studies included in Better Endings, Wei Gao (@Gao_Wei) and Kristian Pollock (@PollockKristian), will be joining the tweet chat and sharing their thoughts on how they carried out their research as well as their findings.

This tweet chat will therefore be of interest to patients, families, carers, clinicians, educators and researchers.

Find out more about Gao’s and Pollock’s research papers on the WeCommunities website or read more about Better Endings in my ehospice article from last month.

Another date for your diary

The next @hpmJC #hpm journal club is being held on Wednesday 10 February 2016, 8-9pm GMT.

Hosted by Sharon Hudson (@ShazzaHudson) and Katherine Sleeman (@kesleeman), the journal club will be will be discussing research by Sleeman et al, ‘The changing demographics of inpatient hospice death: Population-based cross-sectional study in England, 1993–2012‘, published in Palliative Medicine in January 2016.

Keep an eye out on ehospice for a future list of useful # and accounts to follow.

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