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.
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
Free pizza! (Yes, someone wrote that…but they were kidding.)
Make an app
Deliver by text or email
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.
Help us get the word out about JournalFeed. What would be the best way to share it with more people?
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.
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.
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 Smith, MD