‘Lurking’ or ‘listening’ during a physiotherapy tweetchat – a valid means of gaining CPD?

Physiotalk (who are Naomi McVey and Janet Thomas) would like to invite you to take part in a research study called:

Lurking or listening during a physiotherapy tweetchat – a valid means of gaining Continuing Professional Development?’

We are collaborating with Queen Margaret University in this research, with advice on research design, analysis and interpretation from Dr. Cathy Bulley, Reader at the university.


To enable you to consider whether you would like to take part we would like to explain about the research project and how it is to be conducted. If you do decide to take part then your participation would be voluntary and you can contribute as little or as much as you like to the research.

This study aims to explore experiences and views of lurkers in a specific online twitter community in relation to continuing professional development (CPD).

Lurking is defined as watching a tweetchat in real time or reading tweets or a transcript after the chat but NOT posting #physiotalk tweets DURING the chat

Stage one of the research

The first stage of the research will use an online survey (see link at bottom of page below) to gather participants’ thoughts about the benefits of lurking during physiotalk tweetchats. It is a short survey and should take no more than 10 minutes at maximum to complete.

Stage two of the research

Participants in the survey will be invited to take part in the second stage of the research; a telephone or Skype interview which will allow further exploration of their experiences and thoughts about ‘lurking’ in relation to their CPD.

Am I eligible to take part?

You are eligible to participate in either or both stages of the research if:

You are a follower of the @physiotalk Twitter account but have had NOT any interaction with a tweetchat by posting a tweet containing the #physiotalk hashtag during a tweetchat.


you have read any #physiotalk hashtagged tweets

AND / OR the physiotalk blog postings

AND / OR a tweetchat transcript for any Physiotalk tweetchat since December 2013.

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?

All data gathered will be stored securely with password protected access for the researchers only.

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?

If you have participated in the survey and not included your email in order to take part in the phone or Skype interviews then you cannot withdraw as there is no identifiable means of excluding your responses

If you have supplied your email address and then subsequently wish to remove your responses from the study analysis then you should email physiotalk@outlook.com and all your responses will be removed from the study and subsequent analysis. If you ask to withdraw once the data has been fully analysed it may be impossible to fully remove the insights gained from your participation but no direct quotations will be used to illustrate the findings in any reports or publications.

Ethical approval

The study has received ethical approval from Queen qmulogoMargaret University Ethics Committee.

If you would like to take part in the survey please click here

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