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Social media guidelines: a review for health professionals and faculty members.
Clin Teach 2019; 16(5):442-447CT

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The rising societal use of social media has encouraged health professionals to use social media in their professional activities; however, this can be a daunting task, particularly for those who are uncertain about the boundaries for the professional use of social media. This article summarises the guidelines provided by medical governing bodies on social media use and provides practical advice on how social media can be used, which is transferrable across the health professions.

METHODS

Nine guidance documents published by medical governing bodies in major international English-speaking countries were reviewed and analysed to identify their key common messages.

FINDINGS

Five key themes were identified across all of the guidance documents, as follows: maintain patient confidentiality; defamation is unacceptable; privacy cannot be guaranteed; responsibility to maintain public trust; and reasons to use social media.

CONCLUSIONS

The guidelines predominantly focus on the risks of using social media. Although this is necessary, it is likely to inhibit the exploration of the potential uses of social media in health care education and practice. All of the guidance documents from governing bodies encourage the use of social media to engage with patients and to network with colleagues; however, there is relatively little practical guidance on how to use social media as a health professional. This article offers some practical advice for faculty members who wish to run development sessions on how to use social media for professional purposes. … there is relatively little practical guidance on how to use social media as a health professional.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Falmer, Brighton, UK.Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Falmer, Brighton, UK.Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, UK.Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Falmer, Brighton, UK.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31144449

Citation

Hennessy, Catherine M., et al. "Social Media Guidelines: a Review for Health Professionals and Faculty Members." The Clinical Teacher, vol. 16, no. 5, 2019, pp. 442-447.
Hennessy CM, Smith CF, Greener S, et al. Social media guidelines: a review for health professionals and faculty members. Clin Teach. 2019;16(5):442-447.
Hennessy, C. M., Smith, C. F., Greener, S., & Ferns, G. (2019). Social media guidelines: a review for health professionals and faculty members. The Clinical Teacher, 16(5), pp. 442-447. doi:10.1111/tct.13033.
Hennessy CM, et al. Social Media Guidelines: a Review for Health Professionals and Faculty Members. Clin Teach. 2019;16(5):442-447. PubMed PMID: 31144449.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Social media guidelines: a review for health professionals and faculty members. AU - Hennessy,Catherine M, AU - Smith,Claire F, AU - Greener,Sue, AU - Ferns,Gordon, Y1 - 2019/05/29/ PY - 2019/5/31/pubmed PY - 2019/5/31/medline PY - 2019/5/31/entrez SP - 442 EP - 447 JF - The clinical teacher JO - Clin Teach VL - 16 IS - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: The rising societal use of social media has encouraged health professionals to use social media in their professional activities; however, this can be a daunting task, particularly for those who are uncertain about the boundaries for the professional use of social media. This article summarises the guidelines provided by medical governing bodies on social media use and provides practical advice on how social media can be used, which is transferrable across the health professions. METHODS: Nine guidance documents published by medical governing bodies in major international English-speaking countries were reviewed and analysed to identify their key common messages. FINDINGS: Five key themes were identified across all of the guidance documents, as follows: maintain patient confidentiality; defamation is unacceptable; privacy cannot be guaranteed; responsibility to maintain public trust; and reasons to use social media. CONCLUSIONS: The guidelines predominantly focus on the risks of using social media. Although this is necessary, it is likely to inhibit the exploration of the potential uses of social media in health care education and practice. All of the guidance documents from governing bodies encourage the use of social media to engage with patients and to network with colleagues; however, there is relatively little practical guidance on how to use social media as a health professional. This article offers some practical advice for faculty members who wish to run development sessions on how to use social media for professional purposes. … there is relatively little practical guidance on how to use social media as a health professional. SN - 1743-498X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31144449/Social_media_guidelines:_a_review_for_health_professionals_and_faculty_members L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/tct.13033 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -