Recommended NZ | Guide to Money | Gimme: Competitions - Giveaways

Social Media Guide Launched For Doctors

Contributor:
Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media
Social Media Guide Launched For Doctors

Wellington, Nov 30 NZPA - A new guide to using social media responsibly for doctors and medical students has been launched today by the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA).

The guide -- Social Media and the Medical Profession -- is to help doctors and medical students steer clear of the risks posed through privacy and social networking.

The guide was to help doctors and medical students continue enjoying sites like Facebook and personal blogs, while also being careful they did not place themselves or their patients in awkward situations, NZMA chairman Dr Peter Foley said.

"Ethical issues continue to apply such as patient confidentiality and the doctor-patient boundary. Maintaining professionalism is essential."

Practical advice in the guide includes not posting information online that can identify a patient or situation, being mindful of making comments about colleagues or employers and having appropriate privacy settings on social networking sites so that patients cannot access a doctor's entire profile.

NZPA WGT sd mgr gt

All articles and comments on Voxy.co.nz have been submitted by our community of users. Please notify us if you believe an item on this site breaches our community guidelines.