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Examining the medical blogosegment

By September 26, 2008 No Comments

Last year, this blog participated in an online survey of medical blogs undertaken by Ivor Kovic, Ileana Lulic and Gordana Brumini at Rijeka University School of Medicine in Croatia. Now they have published the results in a paper titled “Examining the medical blogosphere: an online survey of medical bloggers” in the last issue of Journal of Medical Internet Research, one of the top-ranked journals in the health informatics.

Among the results:

  • 6 out of 10 medical bloggers are men (more balanced than I thought)
  • 1 out of 3 is a physician (that’s pretty much — will probably grow)
  • over 50% have published a scientific paper (impressive!)
  • 1 out of 4 medical bloggers prefer to be anonymous (bad habit!)
  • 60% of the respondents spend 20 hours or more per week on the internet (not unsurprisingly)

In other words, the typical medical blogger is a male medical doctor with some scientific training who spends most of his spare-time on the internet. Not surprising, I guess 🙂

You can also see a summary of the report in this slide show presentation.

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