#Detkuhaværetmig:How Twitter enabled the expression and propagation of solidarity among healthcare professionals

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An event in Denmark resulted in healthcare professionals using the hashtag #detkuhaværetmig [“it could have been me” in English] to express professional solidarity with a junior doctor who was initially declared negligent after oral instructions were not written down and followed up. This study explores how the functionalities of Twitter facilitated the expression and propagation of solidarity with a fellow medical professional.

To capture all tweets that included #detkuhaværetmig and alternative orthographic variants, we set up a Twitter crawler using the Twitter Stream API via DMI_TCAT. In all, 1634 tweets that included the hashtag or variants were posted. Using a mixed methods approach, we explore, amongst other things, who the conversants were, when the hashtag was most frequently used, and the content of tweeted statements. Solidarity was expressed through the hashtag itself, tweeted statements and photos. The hashtag’s propagation potential was promoted by mentioning politicians and news media and including co- hashtags that linked to related concerns.

The hashtag #detkuhaværetmig served as a nodal point for the sharing of personal statements and photos that helped to express professional solidarity by mainly HCPs, but also politicians, professional associations and news media. In facilitating expressions of solidarity with a fellow HCP, Twitter became at the same time a means of communicating a politically resonant message about working conditions.
StatusUdgivet - 2020
BegivenhedCommunication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET) - Aalborg - Online
Varighed: 1 jul. 20203 jul. 2020


KonferenceCommunication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET) - Aalborg

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