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Doctors Told: Procede with Extreme Caution on Social Media

doctors-social-media1The American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) issued a policy paper called “Online Medical Professionalism: Patient and Public Relationships” published on April 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine lists guidelines for physicians to follow in order to keep their personal and work lives separate.

A few of the recommendations on implementing social media for doctors include:

  1. Not “friending” or connecting with patients on social media.
  2. Not using text messaging for medical interactions, unless doctors exercise extreme caution and have consent from the patient
  3. If using e-mails or other electronic communications, keep them within an established patient-physician relationship and with patient consent

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