“Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” — Bertolt Brecht
In two prior posts, I have discussed the issue of professionalism and social media. These two posts can be found here (professionalism) and here (physician online behavior). I have also taken issue with medical organizations’ extant social media guidelines. In some of these posts’ comments, it has been noted that there is no corresponding guideline or document that expressly discusses appropriate, positive use of social media in health care communications.
As a result, I am taking the liberty of making some suggestions as to what I think are important guiding principles for effective physician use of social media. This will include some cautions that I feel are especially useful, but I would also like to explain how and why I think physicians can use social media in…
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