Doctors Told Not To Use Social Networks, As It Could Create Ethical Problems

from the oh-really? dept

Just as we were seeing doctors who were embracing social media to do more for patients, it appears that some are trying to clamp down. As in the legal profession, it appears some old-timers are over-reacting to things like Facebook. mhh5 points us to the news that an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics is suggesting doctors avoid social networks altogether:
"I would discourage doctors from participating in any form of social networking, but if they do, I would encourage them to privatize their information."
The other big concern is that doctors are told not to look up info on patients on social networking sites or to friend patients. While there are obvious pitfalls there, my guess is that the younger generation of doctors will figure out a more balanced means of still using social networking sites without causing serious ethical problems.

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    BBT, 22 Mar 2010 @ 1:11pm

    Legal advice always errs on the side of caution. That they recommend not using social networking just means that when you look at things purely through the lens of ethics/privacy concerns and liability, that's the reasonable advice. When you look at social networking taking more nuanced criteria into account, you might come to a different conclusion.

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