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APA 2008: Blogs in Psychiatry


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Talk on the use of blogs in psychiatry.

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APA 2008: Blogs in Psychiatry

  1. 1. Computer-Mediated Relationships: Blogs, Online Communities, and Virtual Worlds and Virtual Worlds <ul><li>May 6, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Annual APA Meeting, Washington DC </li></ul><ul><li>Steven R Daviss, MD, DFAPA </li></ul><ul><li>Dinah Miller, MD </li></ul><ul><li>Anne Hanson, MD </li></ul>
  2. 2. Terminology <ul><li>Web Log --> Weblog --> Blog: A collection of short writings or 'content', usually displayed in reverse chronological order, from newest to oldest </li></ul><ul><li>Post: A single piece of content within a blog (poster=one who posts) </li></ul><ul><li>Comment: A reader's response to a post </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast: An audio or video recording easily downloaded from the internet which can be listened to on a computer or ANY mp3 player (including iPods) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Anatomy of a Blog
  4. 4. Post
  5. 5. Badges
  6. 6. Sidebar
  7. 7. Blogroll
  8. 8. Archives
  9. 9. Tags
  10. 10. Footer /
  11. 11. Editing blog
  12. 12. Editing posts
  13. 13. Why would a psychiatrist write a blog? <ul><li>Narcissism </li></ul><ul><li>Creative outlet </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding other points of view </li></ul><ul><li>Helping others understand more about psychiatry </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Who are you writing for? </li></ul><ul><li>Anonymity? </li></ul><ul><li>What to write about? </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to comments </li></ul><ul><li>Comment moderation? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Things medical bloggers worry about <ul><li>No medical advice </li></ul><ul><li>Do not do anything that could be construed as establishing a physician-patient relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging about patient experiences </li></ul><ul><li>What not to write about </li></ul><ul><li>Legal issues (eg, don’t blog about your malpractice trial) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Who reads Shrink Rap? <ul><li>20% Physicians </li></ul><ul><li>22% Other Healthcare Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>29% Patients/Consumers </li></ul><ul><li>29% Others </li></ul>March 2007
  17. 17. Monthly Visits Monthly Pageviews Monthly Unique Visitors ~13,000/mo ~23,000/mo ~9,000/mo
  18. 18. Podcasts <ul><li>Format </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency </li></ul><ul><li>Topics </li></ul><ul><li>Style </li></ul><ul><li>Sound quality </li></ul>
  19. 19. Production Issues <ul><li>Editing software </li></ul><ul><li>Audio format (mp3, m4a, aac, mono vs stereo) </li></ul><ul><li>File size/bit rate (30min ~15MB @64kbit/sec) </li></ul><ul><li>Storage, hosting </li></ul><ul><li>xml files for iTunes, RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Show notes </li></ul>
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  21. 27. ~15,000 podcast downloads per month
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