Study assesses consensus on appropriate social media use for docs

01/15/2013 | Modern Physician (free registration)

A survey of medical board directors showed 81% of respondents agreed that presenting misleading data about clinical outcomes online warranted investigation, while 79% said use of patient images without their consent was worthy of investigation. There was less agreement about investigation of scenarios such as showing use of alcohol without intoxication (40%) and use of derogatory speech toward patients (46%). The findings, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, highlight the need for more education around social media use, the researchers wrote.

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