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Embracing social media
  1. Nicholas S Hopkinson1,
  2. Nicholas Hart2,
  3. Gisli Jenkins3,
  4. Alan Smyth4
  1. 1NIHR Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College, London, UK
  2. 2Lane Fox Respiratory Unit, GSTFT and KCL Biomedical Research Centre, London, UK
  3. 3Centre for Respiratory Research, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  4. 4Division of Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nicholas S Hopkinson, NIHR Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, The Royal Brompton Hospital, Fulham Road, London SW3 6NP, UK; n.hopkinson{at}

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Progress in medicine and science depends on the dissemination of accurate information about health, disease and therapy. Social media are key tools to facilitate this, bringing research findings to people's attention more rapidly than ever before and also to a wider and more diverse population than previously. For information to be useful, it must be presented and interpreted in context. This is the difference between information and knowledge. We are keen to help our authors participate in this beyond the simple publication of papers to improve the quality of online debate, engaging researchers and clinicians as well as patients1 and others with a stake in healthcare. From now on, we …

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