What can we learn from #DoctorsAreDickheads?

A study of the 2018 viral hashtag concludes that although clinicians may feel resistant to patient concerns expressed through social media, they shouldn't ignore them

The hashtag #DoctorsAreDickheads trended on Twitter for weeks, unearthing cathartic views on the medical profession in some 40,000 tweets.

It started in late 2018, after US woman Stevie Boebi posted a YouTube video talking about the length of time it took to diagnose her medical condition, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

She ended the 11-minute video with the words "doctors are dickheads" and the Twitter floodgates opened, with posts from all over the globe.

Users told stories of the times they’d