Doctors told to procede with extreme caution on social media

The American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) are recommending that doctors take caution when addressing patients via social media or any electronic means. It is becoming increasingly popular for patients to email, texts or add doctors on FaceBook to ask them questions regarding medical advice or just to chat. Doctors are being advised to keep their personal and professional lives separate when on social media.

“It is important for physicians to be aware of the implications for confidentiality and how the use of online media for non-clinical purposes impacts trust in the medical profession,”

Many doctors are keeping away from using social media, but many believe this could be beneficial for both patients and doctors if used appropriately.

The article talks about how doctors can use social media to help answer questions and provide internet articles to patients on relevant information, I think this is a great idea. did think it was interesting that there has to be a list of guidelines for doctors to follow when using social media. I also thought that it would be common sense to separate professional and personal lives on social media, but apparently not. Another link in the article was regarding doctors going on social media sites to ask patients out, and I thought this was funny. Another was that doctors were giving online medical advice and prescriptions! That’s just crazy.

See full article here.

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