Twitter polls redux

A few months ago, we wrote about the nephro-twitterverse discovering twitter polls. Graham Abra and Thomas Hiemstra were early adopters, though response rates were ~ 20-40 at best then. But there are many more, with much better response rates. Check them out:

During #NephMadness, Krishna Penmatsa made a bunch of #PredictaPolls - check some notable ones:


Graham, again, on IgA nephropathy and pregnancy

Tomas Rohal on tweeps preference of social networks

Matt on the deprescribing PPI question

And the PPI article we discussed at #NephJC was actually decided on the basis of a twitter poll too!

What RRT modality would nephrons choose for themselves (sparked by a tweet from Scherly at #HDu)

Matt again on how nephrons  refer to themselves

Joel (was he making fun of my #DreamRCT, #MAGIK?

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We are going to be talking about anemia on March 22nd with either some classic articles like Beserab and TREAT or the recent systematic review on ESAs and quality of life, but we have a hole in the schedule on March 8th. So help us figure this out by voting in our twitter poll.

Proton pump inhibitors cause CKD From JAMA Internal Medicine #PPI2CKD

Maybe statins really are good in dialysis. Long term follow up of the 4D study. #StatinHD 

Nephrectomies cause heart damage. Early CKD is sowing the seed for future CV catastrophe even at pedestrian GFRs. #GFRgood.

Sevelamer versus calcium based binders. A systematic review showing a mortality benefit with sevelamer. #BinderWars

The winner will be discussed March 8th and the others may be put in the cue to be discussed in April and beyond. The loser will drop out of the race and endorse Rubio.

The Neph-Twitterverse discovers Twitter polls

A few weeks ago, the folks at twitter announced they were rolling out Twitter polls. Previously, tweeps would use manually counting responses or the RT-if-you-agree Fav-if-you-don't approach. This is how the polls were supposed to work:

So what, you might say? A few users (notably @conradhackett from Pew research) played a lot with them, sample poll:

The ease of setting one up, and the option to just click and be done were some of the major selling points. But it wasn't clear if would be just a passing fad or something more. I used one at the #KidneyWk, but there were few responders

Then Matt decided to poll the #nephjc followers after the suPAR chat

And Thomas Hiemstra decided to design his next #DreamRCT on therapy for Membranous nephropathy with a series of tweets:

Second scenario

And it wasn't long before Graham Abra re-ran an older question on the utility of urine eosinophils in allergic interstitial nephritis

another one on the duration of steroids in SLE, in remission

So we guess polls on twitter are here to say. Nephrology tweeps find it awesome (and I can say so with confidence, backed by facts, or shall we say, a poll?)

Swapnil Hiremath

#NephJC does #pericytes - part 1

Not #parasites or ... #pedicure?

This was a fantastic chat last night, with great questions from Mal Parmar, Scott Brimble, Dylan Burger and others; clear and articulate answers from Ben Humphreys - and a link heavy tweeting from Matt Sparks. The transcript will read almost like a review article - or commentary.

Stay Tuned for the EU/African chat, occurring in just over 2 hours at 8 pm *BST* - with first author Rafael Kramann joinin in this time.