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Lookup NU author(s): Charlotte Bowes,
Dr Matthew Breckons,
Professor Justin Durham
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Objective The aim of this study was to find out if Twitter could be used in a research context as a ubiquitous piece of software to record daily pain. Design This study was a feasibility study conducted electronically. Setting Our research was conducted on Twitter in 2014. Subjects and methods Participants were recruited via electronic advertising and consented electronically to participate. At three time-points on two non-sequential days participants were asked to record pain, mood and impact ratings on a numerical scale (0-10). Data were extracted manually. Results Thirty-five individuals consented to participate. Of the 24 participants providing data, 16 provided enough data to be analysed. The majority of participants were female. The mean age was 44.9 (+/- 0.78) years and the most common diagnosis for participants was Trigeminal Neuralgia. Participants lived in the UK, USA, Canada and New Zealand. An increase in mean pain was reported over consecutive time periods on both days while mood and impact patterns varied between days. Conclusion Our study highlighted that participants can be recruited solely via social media and has ascertained the ease in which data can be collected without technical expertise. To achieve greater participation, differing advertisement strategies should be explored.
Author(s): Parsons CF, Breckons M, Durham J
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: British Dental Journal
Print publication date: 24/07/2015
Acceptance date: 28/04/2015
ISSN (print): 0007-0610
ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
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