Monday, May 15, 2017

Two good resources for physicians engaged in social media

Two good resources for physicians engaged in social media:

Blogs and Tweets, Texting and Friending 

Social Media and Online Professionalism in Health Care

Sandra DeJong


 2011 May-Jun;35(3):168-74. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.35.3.168.

Professional boundaries in the era of the Internet.

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Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77401, USA.



The era of the Internet presents new dilemmas in educating psychiatrists about professional boundaries. The objective of this overview is to clarify those dilemmas and offer recommendations for dealing with them.


The characteristics of social networking sites, blogs, and search engines are reviewed with a specific focus on their potential to present problems of professional boundaries for psychiatrists.


The professional boundary questions that have arisen in the expanded world of online communication can be subdivided into three areas: ethical concerns, professionalism issues, and clinical dilemmas. Only the first category involves true boundary problems as normally defined.


The expansion of the Internet has redefined traditional areas of privacy and anonymity in the clinical setting. Guidelines are proposed to manage the alteration of professional boundaries, as well as issues of professionalism and clinical work, that have arisen from the complexities of cyberspace. The author discusses implications for residency training.

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