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Standardized hashtags in #gastroenterology

Social media has become an important communication tool in health care. Hashtags help serve as a search function, which is important given that around 500 millions posts are made on Twitter each day. A project to devise a standardized list of gastroenterology-related hashtags (hashtag ontology) has now been completed. Key stakeholders, such as professional organisations and peer-reviewed journals, were involved in reviewing the list, and it is hoped that the finalized hashtag ontology should enable patients and physicians to search and find relevant content more easily.

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Leake, I. Standardized hashtags in #gastroenterology. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol 13, 436 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nrgastro.2016.113

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