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‘A good discussion increases the dimension of everyone who takes part’—Randolph Bourne (American writer, 1886–1918).
COVID-19 is changing clinical routines of healthcare providers worldwide. This also affects communication and knowledge exchange. Webinars and virtual conferences have become the ‘new normal’.1 Although digital conferences enable the transfer of research results and medical knowledge, opportunities for participation and discussion are very limited.2 Dynamic debates and panel discussions have become scarce during COVID-19 lockdown.
Recently, the fishbowl technique has been successfully implemented in rheumatology conferences.3 It is a validated method, fostering open group discussions and engagement of all audience members.3 4 By including an expert panel (inner circle) and one empty chair for an alternating audience member, the technique promotes a dynamic and direct exchange with the audience.
To determine whether the fishbowl technique is …
Handling editor Josef S Smolen
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Contributors FM, JK, JM, IK, MK, SK participated in the conception of the study and data interpretation and drafted the manuscript. All authors participated actively in the discussions and had a prior methodological training. All gave substantial intellectual contributions, and read, revised and approved the final manuscript.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research. Refer to the Methods section for further details.
Patient consent for publication Not required.
Ethics approval Ethical approval was not sought for the present study because the manuscript describes a discussion technique for virtual medical conferences. There was no risk involved in participating in the discussion. The manuscript does not allow identification of individuals.
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