Stage two of our #physiotalk research study – respond by 5th September

Invitation to take part in Stage two of the research project.

Physiotalk (who are Naomi McVey, Janet Thomas and Rory Twogood) would like to invite you to take part in a research study called ‘Physiotalk – Understanding the impact of participating in a social media community’. Physiotalk tweetchats have been running for over 2 years and it is important to evaluate what the impact in taking part in chats has been for people who have participated. We are collaborating with Queen Margaret University in this research, with advice on research design, analysis and interpretation from Dr. Cathy Bulley, Senior Lecturer at the university.

Stage one of the study took place on 22nd August with a tweetchat using #physiotalk using the questions shown in our webpage.  Full information about stage one of the research is on including a transcript of the chat collected automatically by

We would now like to invite you to take part in Stage two of this study.

Stage two of the research

The second stage of the research will allow participants to more fully respond via Twitter, or by Direct messaging or Email if you wish your response to be seen only by the research team. This response will be your fuller personal response following the tweetchat about what taking part in a physiotherapy based tweetchat has meant for your practice and CPD. The researchers may also add supplementary questions following any insights gained from the first stage of the research. If you choose to respond in this manner, then as with stage one your consent to participate will be implied following receipt of your tweet, direct message or email.


For stage two, participants will be given a two week opportunity following the Stage one #physiotalk tweetchat to respond more fully, and in more than 140 characters if desired, to the same questions as posed during the chat, and any supplementary questions that have emerged following the tweetchat. These tweetchat questions were:

What does Physiotalk mean to you’

‘How do you use Physiotalk?’

‘What prompts you to participate in physiotalk activities?’

‘What affects your participation in physiotalk activities?’

Has taking part in Physiotalk impacted on or contributed to your CPD?’

Has taking part in Physiotalk impacted on your practice?’


Participants can respond via email to or via a direct message to @physiotalk. These options will be private and allow a fuller and more considered response to that which may have been tweeted during the chat. Participate may also response via Twitter using the usual #physiotalk hashtag if they wish, although these messages will be public.


Reminders to participate will be regularly tweeted during this two week period, with a reminder of the 6 questions plus any supplementary questions included in both embedded pictures in the tweets or GIFs of the pictures.


Am I eligible to take part?

You are eligible to participate in stage two of the research if you have had any interaction with a #physiotalk tweetchat; this includes posting a tweet during a chat, following during the chat, but not posting any tweets in response (‘lurking’) reading the transcript following the chat or reading the pre or post chat information on


What will be the benefit of taking part for me?

There will be no direct benefit from taking part in the research for participants. However, it will increase insights into accessible and effective methods of promoting and maintaining continuing professional development, with potential indirect benefits to patients and to professional morale.


Will my responses be private?

You can choose a method of response for stage two which allows your responses to remain private and only seen by the research team. These responses will be received via Email or Twitter (Direct messaging). The email account and Twitter account are password protected with only the research team having access. The content will be also stored on a password protected ‘One Drive’ site with only the researchers having access.

The research will be presented for publication to appropriate journals and professional conferences, but no participants will be identified in these publications.


Can I withdraw from the study?

Any participant can withdraw from the study at any time without any reason given. If you wish to remove your responses from the study analysis at any stage then you should email stating the method in which you have participated (your @twittername or email) and all your responses will be removed from the study and subsequent analysis. Your tweets will remain in the public domain unless you choose to delete your tweets.


Ethical approval

The study has received ethical approval from Queen Margaret University Ethics Committee

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