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Online physicians, offline patients

Online physicians, offline patients PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how the nature, gravity, and consequences of physician use of social media use surpass professional identity, by bringing to attention the nuanced, potential conflicts between patient-physician interests in current educational policies.Design/methodology/approachAnalyzing a case study of a physician publicly posting and commenting on many of his patients’ information, conversations, and medical conditions on social media.FindingsPhysician social media use carries many issues that concern ethics and the patient, rather than professional identity and the physician. In response, two sets of ethical standards are developed: one that deals with what constitutes impermissible behaviors online, and another that stipulates appropriate punishments for violations of these codes.Originality/valueMost medical education policies and the literature have emphasized professional identity- formation with regards to physician use of social media, rather than ethics. Furthermore, no study exists that presents a clear, concrete, insider perspective at physicians’ improper use of social media. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy Emerald Publishing

Online physicians, offline patients

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy , Volume 38 (5-6): 10 – Jun 11, 2018

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0144-333X
DOI
10.1108/IJSSP-08-2017-0102
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how the nature, gravity, and consequences of physician use of social media use surpass professional identity, by bringing to attention the nuanced, potential conflicts between patient-physician interests in current educational policies.Design/methodology/approachAnalyzing a case study of a physician publicly posting and commenting on many of his patients’ information, conversations, and medical conditions on social media.FindingsPhysician social media use carries many issues that concern ethics and the patient, rather than professional identity and the physician. In response, two sets of ethical standards are developed: one that deals with what constitutes impermissible behaviors online, and another that stipulates appropriate punishments for violations of these codes.Originality/valueMost medical education policies and the literature have emphasized professional identity- formation with regards to physician use of social media, rather than ethics. Furthermore, no study exists that presents a clear, concrete, insider perspective at physicians’ improper use of social media.

Journal

International Journal of Sociology and Social PolicyEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 11, 2018

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