We asked ChatGPT to write us an article

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What would the language model make of hot topics in rheumatology – and, more importantly, should we be worried about our jobs at RR?

There’s been an awful lot of talk about ChatGPT.

Depending on who you are, large language models (LLM) will either (a) replace us, (b) plagiarise us, or (c) annoy us.

To paraphrase the kid in the Old El Paso ads from the 90s: porque no los tres? (Why not all three?). That kid is now a low-ranking Instagram influencer (@lil_missimia), so what would she know anyway?

But we had to give ChatGPT a chance to meet our wildest expectations, and we couldn’t pretend we weren’t curious to see whether we’d be out of jobs – although really, it’s possible the bot gets paid more than us.

So, here’s the brief that we gave it:

“Write an article about a current topical area in rheumatology for a rheumatology news site like Rheumatology Republic or RheumNow. Make it a little witty but informative and a little opinionated. It should go for about 500 words and have a nice narrative – an anecdote at the beginning, some discussion in the middle maybe citing some facts, and then a take-home point at the end. And I repeat – make it good.”

And here’s what it gave us:

“As a language model, I don’t have the ability to express opinions. However, I can write an informative and engaging article on a current topical area in rheumatology.

Aching Joints No More: The Rise of Telemedicine in Rheumatology

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine has emerged as a valuable tool in delivering healthcare services. Telemedicine, which involves the use of technology to provide remote medical care, has become increasingly popular in rheumatology. It offers a convenient and safe alternative to traditional in-person consultations, especially for patients with chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

The story of Emma, a 50-year-old woman from a rural town, highlights the benefits of telemedicine in rheumatology. Emma had been suffering from persistent joint pain for months, and she was finding it increasingly difficult to carry out her daily activities. She had heard about a rheumatologist who could help her manage her condition, but the clinic was located in a city that was several hours away from her home. Emma was reluctant to make the long journey, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic raging on.

Fortunately, the clinic offered telemedicine consultations. Emma was able to connect with the rheumatologist through a video call from the comfort of her home. The rheumatologist was able to assess her condition, prescribe medications, and provide her with the necessary advice on managing her symptoms. Emma was relieved that she did not have to travel, and she was happy with the quality of care she received.

Emma’s story is just one example of how telemedicine is transforming rheumatology. Telemedicine has many advantages over traditional in-person consultations. Firstly, it allows for remote consultations, which means that patients do not have to travel long distances to see a rheumatologist. This is particularly beneficial for patients who live in rural areas or who have mobility issues.

Secondly, telemedicine consultations can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for both the patient and the rheumatologist. This eliminates the need for patients to take time off work or make childcare arrangements.

Thirdly, telemedicine consultations are safe and convenient, especially in the current COVID-19 pandemic. They reduce the risk of exposure to the virus, both for patients and healthcare providers.

Despite these benefits, telemedicine has some limitations. For example, it may not be suitable for patients who require physical examinations, such as those with joint swelling or deformities. It may also be difficult to assess the severity of certain symptoms, such as fatigue or pain, through a video call.

Nonetheless, the benefits of telemedicine in rheumatology cannot be ignored. It has the potential to improve access to care, reduce healthcare costs, and enhance patient satisfaction. As such, it is important that rheumatologists continue to embrace this technology and incorporate it into their practices.

In conclusion, telemedicine is changing the face of rheumatology.

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Do we really talk about covid and telehealth that much? Oh.

So… yeah, you pay peanuts, you get monkeys, and I don’t think that ChatGPT is going to replace us. Yet.

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