Monday, December 5, 2011
Social media to educate clinicians
In an interesting response to a problem of getting the word out
>>>>Despite these compelling findings, an audit of UK hospitals in 2011 showed that, of 412 trauma patients who were ill enough to need a blood transfusion and therefore be eligible for tranexamic acid treatment, only 12 (3%) received the drug. The implementation rate in low-income and middle-income countries could well be lower still. The CRASH-2 trial results were published in this journal, widely reported in the international media, and presented at many trauma and intensive care conferences. How else could researchers reach out to practising clinicians and make them aware of this life-saving treatment?
Despite the compelling evidence implementation and uptake is low so the team came up with a "viral" video to get the word out.
An enterprising idea that the CRASH-2 team rolls out today involves an adaptation of the concept of viral marketing—ie, a compelling video that internet users pass on to their online contacts. Drawing on the elements that tend to increase sharing (humour, surprise, emotion), the collaborators made a stop-motion animation in which a clay trauma victim, blood squirting heartily from a gaping hole in his abdomen, happily avoids imminent exsanguination by means of a timely injection. The video ends with an invitation to view the CRASH-2 trial results<<<<<
Expect more activities like this in the future