Advice on Social Media For Physicians

Kenneth Lin

Originally posted 7/6/11 on the American Family Physician Community Blog

The Mayo Clinic’s Center for Social Media recently posted a short video of prominent physician bloggers Bryan Vartabedian (a gastroenterologist), Wendy Sue Swanson (a pediatrician), and Katherine Chretien (an internist) giving advice to young physicians on the potential and perils of social media use.

The advice and additional resources these experts provide should be helpful to family physicians at all stages of training who are new to using social media tools. Dr. Chretien also writes an insightful commentary in the July 1st issue of AFP in response to the question, “Should I be ‘friends’ with my patients on social networking web sites?” (Short answer: no, but there are less ethically questionable ways to interact with one’s patients online.) As Dr. Chretien points out, the American Medical Association has recently published guidance on professionalism in the use of social media.

We encourage family physicians to explore the health care social media landscape through posts and comments on the AFP Community Blog and the journal’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as by visiting our links to blogs written by and for family physicians.

Mayo Finds Heart Patients Self-Ration, Skip Meds, Due to Costs

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

First published 3/30/11 on Health Populi

If you are a person with heart disease and you have received treatment at the Mayo Clinic, you’re certainly a fortunate health citizen. The hospital was just ranked #2 best hospital in the U.S. by US News & World Report.

However, if that’s you and the costs of post-op treatment — namely prescription drugs — are out of your financial reach, then you might skip them; thus, undoing your top-notch acute care.

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A New Health System Data Collaborative Asks “What Really Works”

For decades, it has been clear that the clinical trial, as important as it is, is not the only way to prove that a particular approach works. As Jeanne Lenzer and Shannon Brownlee described this past weekend, many interventions are in use that have relatively little data supporting their efficacy.

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