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Use of social media ‘humanises’ doctors #hcsm

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Engagement with social media on health issues “humanises” doctors in the eyes of patients, a consultant rheumatologist told delegates at the ICGP Winter Meeting.


Galway-based Dr Ronan Kavanagh, who addressed members through a pre-recorded interview that is available on YouTube, said his engagement with social media sites like Twitter “allows me to present a more human side of myself to patients”.


Dr Kavanagh writes regular blog posts that help patients “decipher topical medical news” and his Facebook page allows for a certain discussion with the patient population. “I’m happy to answer generic questions, as opposed to questions specific to their healthcare,” he said.

Social media also facilitated him in connecting with the international rheumatology community.


Dr Kavanagh acknowledged many doctors were not interested in social media but emphasised that it was a very powerful tool.


“You need to be at least aware that it is going on. If you are sceptical and there is a GP practice down the road offering a social media service to patients, just see what happens,” he said.


In response, one GP at the workshop, expressed a view shared by many, that GPs were “overwhelmed” and engaging with social media seemed like more work. “My concern is this is another addition to my overwhelmed life,” he said.


Medical columnist Dr Liam Farrell, who hosted the workshop with ICGP Network of Establishing GPs (NEGs) Director Dr Peter Sloane, said that although social media “sounds like a lot of work”, it could reduce workloads if used “astutely”.


The Facebook page of the Haxby Group, a provider of GP services in the UK, was shown to delegates. The page — as opposed to profile — updated patients on surgery times, commencement of seasonal flu vaccines, professional achievements of staff, and national and international media news. Patients who ‘liked’ the page would receive latest news into the feed on their own Facebook profile pages.


None of the GPs attending the meeting raised their hand when asked if they had a practice Facebook page, which is free to set up, whereas several had paid-for practice websites.


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Social Media and Patient Advocacy

These are the slides from my talk at the 4th Annual Putting Patients First Conference in Mumbai.


If god were to manifest the world using technology, he would first create something like social media. Conceptually provide technology with the ability to understand the thoughts of a population

SocMed leaves behind the old model of 1-to-1 communication – “talking to someone over the phone”  Enables one-to-many communication (via blogs or microblogging) or many-to-many communication (discussion forums, social walls). Now anyone can setup an online community site/portal to represent a small or big offline community.


Further, anyone can setup an online site related to a treatment, a disease, a doctor, a drug , a concept or anything and see it grow into a popular site which in effect is simply the manifestation of a community which exists/ed but which no one ever knew of.

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Marie Ennis-O'Connors insight:

Thanks so much for sharing your slides - i am looking forward to reading them. 

Plaza Dental Group's curator insight, January 29, 2014 8:53 AM

Great info! I think SocMed  will boost the thought of population and will effect change in local communities. 

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Professionalism in the Use of Social Media

Professionalism in the Use of Social Media | Health Care Social Media And Digital Health |

Physicians should be cognizant of standards of patient privacy and confidentiality that must be maintained in all environments, including online, and must refrain from posting identifiable patient information online. When using the Internet for social networking, physicians should use privacy settings to safeguard personal information and content to the extent possible, but should realize that privacy settings are not absolute and that once on the Internet, content is likely there permanently.  Thus, physicians should routinely monitor their own Internet presence to ensure that the personal and professional information on their own sites and, to the extent possible, content posted about them by others, is accurate and appropriate. If they interact with patients on the Internet, physicians must maintain appropriate boundaries of the patient-physician relationship in accordance with professional ethical guidelines just, as they would in any other context.To maintain appropriate professional boundaries physicians should consider separating personal and professional content online. When physicians see content posted by colleagues that appears unprofessional they have a responsibility to bring that content to the attention of the individual, so that he or she can remove it and/or take other appropriate actions.  If the behavior significantly violates professional norms and the individual does not take appropriate action to resolve the situation, the physician should report the matter to appropriate authorities. Physicians must recognize that actions online and content posted may negatively affect their reputations among patients and colleagues, may have consequences for their medical careers (particularly for physicians-in-training and medical students), and can undermine public trust in the medical profession. (I, II, IV) Read more at:

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