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The social (media) side to rheumatology

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A revolution is underway in the fields of education and health practice. Social media are now considered by the new generations of students, doctors and patients as a useful tool for learning and for doctor–doctor, doctor–patient and patient–patient communications. However, should we be excited by this revolution or afraid of it? Advantages and challenges of such new tools for medicine in general and rheumatology in particular are discussed in this Perspectives.

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Figure 1: Personal view on the evolution of the flow of knowledge and health information reaching patients.

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Berenbaum, F. The social (media) side to rheumatology. Nat Rev Rheumatol 10, 314–318 (2014).

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