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Twitter Hashtags for Anesthesiologists

Building Global Communities

Gai, Nan, MD, FRCPC; Matava, Clyde, MBChB, DA, MMed

doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000853
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Twitter is a social media platform that has been encouraged for use among anesthesiologists as a way to stimulate conversation, distribute research, enhance conference experiences, and expand journal club sessions. We aimed to establish the typical baseline use of hashtags that are not related to events such as conferences. Systematic searches were performed on Twitter, as well as through hashtag-tracking services, to identify actively used anesthesia-related hashtags. The most frequently used general anesthesia hashtags were #anesthesia and #anaesthesia. The most popular and relevant hashtags within anesthesia subspecialties or interest groups include #pedsanes, #anesJC, #OBanes, #intubation, #regionalanesthesia, #neuroanesthesia, and #cardiacanesthesia. We have identified the most popular anesthesia-related hashtags on Twitter to help anesthesiologists increase the reach and degree of discussions in anesthesia-related social media or twitter verse.

From the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Accepted for publication June 18, 2018.

Funding: Departmental.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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This report is exempt from Research Ethics Board approval.

Address correspondence to Clyde Matava, MBChB, DA, MMed, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8, Canada. Address e-mail to

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