The #WhyWeDoResearch campaign was established in December 2014 by Claire Whitehouse (nee Gibbs) (@ClaireW_UK), Lead Nurse for Research at The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (JPUH). The aim is to raise research awareness and opportunities to staff, patients and the public, and to start a conversation about research between all involved.

Within five months of launching #WhyWeDoResearch it had reached 14 countries and gained 2,364 participants. #WhyWeDoResearch now has over 400 million impressions, is used by over 45,000 Twitter accounts and has a reach of 23 countries.

Through the Chair, Hazel A Smith, the Irish Research Nurses Network (IRNN) is the first Irish collaborator for #WhyWeDoResearch.

Website: WhyWeDoResearch Website
Twitter Campaign: http://twitter.com/hashtag/whywedoresearch

Support During COVID-19

Each year, to coincide with International Clinical Trials Day, #WhyWeDoResearch hosts a Tweetfest. For 2020, we have decided to replace the Tweetfest with weekly Tweetchats around research & support during COVID-19. The weekly #WhyWeDoResearch Tweetchat will be every Tuesday, between 20:00-21:00 (GMT).



Tuesday 24th March 2020

Tuesday 31st March 2020: ‘Consent for Research during Covid-19’

Tuesday 7th April 2020: ‘How are you?’

Tuesday 14th April 2020: ‘What are we learning about coping, research & ourselves?’

Tuesday 21st April 2020: ‘Style & Substance for Research During a Pandemic’

Tuesday 28th April 2020: ENGAGE & INVOLVE PATIENTS, PUBLIC, CARERS with all COVID-19 health and social care research

Tuesday 5th May 2020: Positive Changes/Improvements During COVID-19

Tuesday 12 May 2020: Engaging the Public in COVID-19 with Research, Science & Medicine

Tuesday 19th May 2020: Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) Research

Tuesday 26th May 2020: Non COVID-19 Research

Tuesday 7 July 2020: Future of Research

#WhyWeDoResearch Tweetfests

Each year to mark International Clinical Trials Day #WhyWeDoResearch hosts a tweetfest.

A tweetfest is a festival of tweets! It is a week, or more, full of #WhyWeDoResearch tweetchats covering all sorts of areas in healthcare.

The first tweetfest was held in 2016: http://whywedoresearch.weebly.com/tweetfest-16th—20th-may-2016.html 

And was also held in 2017 (http://whywedoresearch.weebly.com/tweetfest2017.html#), 2018 (http://whywedoresearch.weebly.com/tweetfest-2018.html#) and 2019 (http://whywedoresearch.weebly.com/tweetfest-2019.html)


Yhnell et al (2019) #WhyWeDoResearch: Raising research awareness and opportunities for patients, public and staff through Twitter Research for All, 3(1), 7-17

Whitehourse, CL (13 May 2019) #WhyWeDoResearch—raising research awareness and opportunities for patients, public, and staff  BMJ Opinion

Whitehouse, CL. and Smith, HA. (2018) The Whitehouse Report. The Florence Nightingale Foundation

Gibbs CL. Greaves, A. Keeling, M. Gaw, A. and O’Neill, F. (2015). Clinical Research Benefits go Viral via Twitter. Nursing Times. 111(19), 16-17.

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