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Doctors on Facebook: Survey Shows Concerns


December 17, 2010

Doctors with Facebook profiles should be mindful of the privacy settings in order to avoid potential pitfalls with patients, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics. CNN Health reports on the study, which polled 200 residents and fellows at Rouen University Hospital in France last year, the majority of whom had a Facebook profile. About half of the respondents indicated that they felt the doctor-patient relationship would be changed if the patient had unrestricted access to the doctor's profile, the report states. Deven McGraw of the Center for Democracy and Technology said young doctors are facing a dilemma familiar to many professionals--the merging of social and professional boundaries.

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