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
Pediatrics is changing. There was once a time when parents learned all they needed to know from their doctors. Web 1.0 then created seemingly unlimited access for patients seeking information. We’re now approaching the point where information seeks parents via social networks. What does this mean for pediatricians? The doctor-parent relationship is changing. ... Continue Reading about Participatory Pediatrics
Last night during the Social Media & Health Care Twitter Conversation the issue of swine flu surfaced. So I took to my soap box to point the finger at the hysteria created this week on Twitter. While I’m juiced about the potential for social media to influence the delivery of health information, I was disappointed with the noise created surrounding the ... Continue Reading about We Create the Noise Around Us
How well do you really know your social media peers? This post by Chris Brogan got me thinking about it. It’s an interesting question and I’m going to suggest that we probably know our social media friends better than we think. When you read what someone writes, see how they comment, study what they link, and see their pictures I think it’s safe to say you know a ... Continue Reading about How Well Do You Know Your Social Media Peers?