66% of online American adults use social networking sites, according to a 2012 Pew Internet Project study, many users remain skeptical
about using social media for professional purposes. To demonstrate some of the
potential benefits of social media, APTA hosted an online roundtable discussion Monday with 5 physical
therapists and 1 student of physical therapy, all of whom actively use Twitter
and other social media tools to network about physical therapy issues.
53-minute discussion, conducted using Google+ Hangouts and archived via
YouTube, covers the weekly #SolvePT tweetchat, ways that social media are
effective in advocacy efforts, benefits of social media for physical therapy
educators and students, and the challenges of discussing critical issues in a
social media environment, among other topics.
in the panel were Allan Besselink, PT,
Dip MDT, Christopher Bise, PT, DPT,
MS, OCS, physical therapist student Matt
DeBole, Selena Horner, PT, MS, GCS,
Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, and
Ann Wendel, PT, ATC, CMTPT.
roundtable is available on the Social Media Tips & Best Practices
webpage of APTA.org, which includes links to APTA's policy on social media, a new video tutorial for Twitter,
and other resources.