Survey Says…

Thanks to all who took time to complete the 2018 JournalFeed survey.
There were 515 responses out of ~7100 (margin of error +/- 4%).
Responses came from 25 different countries, 70% from the U.S.

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 Some are in private practice, urgent care, retail care, government/military, prehospital ground and heli.

Some are in private practice, urgent care, retail care, government/military, prehospital ground and heli.

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 Others included UpToDate, EBMedicine, and a host of other great #FOAMed blogs.

Others included UpToDate, EBMedicine, and a host of other great #FOAMed blogs.

 Many asked about reciprocity of U.S. ACCME credit with other countries. Nine of the “other” responses were affirmative, such as “Please!” which brings the total “Yes” to 59%.

Many asked about reciprocity of U.S. ACCME credit with other countries. Nine of the “other” responses were affirmative, such as “Please!” which brings the total “Yes” to 59%.

 It is very important for everyone to know that  we plan to keep JF content free . Our mission is better patient care through spoon-feeding. Offering CME would add a service to subscribers in practice and help make JF more sustainable. Running a site like this and sending over 1.1 million emails (last year) is not cheap. Offering CME seems like a good option to keep it free and is used by other FOAMed sites.

It is very important for everyone to know that we plan to keep JF content free. Our mission is better patient care through spoon-feeding. Offering CME would add a service to subscribers in practice and help make JF more sustainable. Running a site like this and sending over 1.1 million emails (last year) is not cheap. Offering CME seems like a good option to keep it free and is used by other FOAMed sites.

 Well, I was thinking about putting a banner ad in each email. It seems the community has spoken out against this; 42% find that unfavorable. I hear you loud and clear.

Well, I was thinking about putting a banner ad in each email. It seems the community has spoken out against this; 42% find that unfavorable. I hear you loud and clear.


Question 12

What would make JournalFeed better? What features would you like to see added? Be creative! Your suggestions make a difference.

The most common (and my favorite) responses were:

  • More on methodology, study weaknesses, statistical critique (i.e. explain with more nuance and complexity)

  • Keep it simple - love the “ELI5” - Explain it Like I’m 5 - format. I have to say, I favor this approach. Our role is different than The Bottom Line or other blogs that dive deep into the stats, methodology, and statistical critique. In fact, I ask our authors to write what the numbers mean instead of stats jargon. For example, “There was a 30% greater odds of the outcome,” instead of, “The odds ratio was 1.3.” Our goal is quick, easy-to-understand summaries of important articles that are not intimidating in length or complexity.

  • More graphics and figures

  • Guest posts/experts/authors/big shots

  • More links to other resources

  • Access to full text - I can’t do this under copyright law. If anyone wants a full text article, you can always email me. It is considered fair use to share with a few colleagues. But it is not considered fair use to offer full text articles that are behind a pay wall to thousands of people for free.

  • Crowd-sourcing what articles we cover

  • Podcast

  • Free pizza! (Yes, someone wrote that…but they were kidding.)

  • Make an app

  • Deliver by text or email

  • Weekly mailbag

  • Keep them short/make them shorter

  • Allow comments - This already exists. There is a comment box at the end of each summary on the website.

  • Display level of evidence

  • Deliver it at 0500 in my time zone - This is not currently possible, as the email service pulls the content from the blog RSS feed, which posts at 0100 each day Central Time. Wish I could do this…

  • There were 132 responses. Each took time for you all to write. I have read them all. They are gold. Some of you will see your ideas happen on JF! I can not thank you enough for these helpful comments.


Question 13

Help us get the word out about JournalFeed. What would be the best way to share it with more people?

  • Target residents

  • Join forces with ACEP, AAEM, EMRA, etc.

  • Get on other podcasts, EM:RAP, etc. Easier said than done. They have to invite you. You can’t just muscle in on the Mel.

  • Promote on FB, FB groups, other SoMe sites.

  • Advertise

  • Give out JF sticker, trinkets and have a SoMe photo contest (This would be really funny!)

  • Free or discounted CME for the most SoMe shares

  • Booth at big EM conferences. This is not cheap…but it would be crazy fun to meet everyone in person.

Thank You

Again, thank you to everyone who took time to complete the survey. Your ideas and feedback are what helps us keep improving and innovating. Also, I want to personally thank dozens of you for including notes of encouragement. I wish I knew who you were to say thank you in person.

Clay

Clay Smith, MD
Chief Spoon-Feeder
JournalFeed.org

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