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The impact of social media in orthopaedics

Goyal, Dhruv K.C. BAa; Galetta, Matthew S. BSa; Fang, Taolin MD, PhDa; Mangan, John MDa; Lendner, Mayan BAa; Vaccaro, Alexander R. MD, PhD, MBAa; Kepler, Christopher K. MD, MBAa; Schroeder, Gregory D. MDa; Sharan, Alok D. MDb

doi: 10.1097/BCO.0000000000000788
Special Focus: Practice Perspectives

In recent years, alternative forms of impact measurement, known as “altmetrics”, have been proposed as a potential supplement to the more traditional citation-based metric system in determining the influence of orthopaedic literature on the community. As social media grows increasingly more pervasive into mainstream society, so too does its presence in the health care field, especially in the realm of orthopaedics; therefore, it is necessary to determine the influence social media has both on orthopaedic care and the dissemination of orthopaedic literature to the academic community.

aDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia

bWESTMED Spine Center 210 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY

Financial Disclosure: Dr. Vaccaro discloses a financial relationship outside this work with Medtronic, Stryker, Advanced Spinal Intell, Spine Wave, Aesculap, AO Spine, Atlas Spine, Avaz Surg, Bonovo, and Clinical Spine Surgery Computational. Dr. Schroeder discloses a financial relationship outside this work with Stryker, Advanced Medicine, Medtronic, and AO spine. The other authors have no disclosures. The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence to Dhruv K.C. Goyal, BA, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, 125 South 9th Street Suite 1000, Philadelphia, PA 19107 Tel: (+937) 830-7110; fax: (+937) 830-7110; e-mail:

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