So how do doctors use Twitter? It’s a question that seems to want a better answer than I can come up with. While I’d love to imagine that our efforts are somehow improving patient care and making our lives easier, we’re not quite there yet. So what are doctors doing on Twitter? Here’s what I see: Were hangin’ with everyone else. If you peek ... Continue Reading about How Doctors Use Twitter
Recently Facebook connected me with some old friends from the neighborhood where I grew up. It’s amazing to connect with friends who have been out of reach for so long. But social networking can uncover some real differences. Last week I commented on Jenny McCarthy video that pokes fun at her anti-vaccine agenda. Some of my Twitter posts feed into Facebook. This was ... Continue Reading about When Autism Divides Neighbors
So it happened again. Yesterday a patient mom friended me on Facebook and asked me for advice The answer was an easy no. So what’s the big deal? Why not just offer some friendly advice? Truthfully, the nature of the question was one that could easily have been answered. Here’s the thing. Patient interaction in the public domain is a no no for doctors. But what about ... Continue Reading about Facebook Clinic
So I’m reading comments on my Doctor Delicious post and I see a comment from a reader named Yoyo. Interesting really. Yoyo doesn’t understand why anyone would want a Delicious page for patient information and resources. She just wants to be cared for without knowing every detail. It got me thinking: Is there a role for paternalism in the provider-patient ... Continue Reading about Is Paternalism Ever Okay for Doctors?
“I know you don’t like it when patients use the Internet” I hear this every day from parents who sheepishly admit that they’ve been trying to learn something about their child’s condition. It’s unfortunate really because patients have been conditioned to believe that they shouldn’t be educating themselves. And when they do they are berated as not acting in their ... Continue Reading about Doctor Delicious