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General Medical Council Guidance on Social Media Use
The UK General Medical Council has aguideline on social media use for doctors, much of which is also appropriate for other healthcare providers. This advice is useful for all regardless of location. The entire document can be read here. However, some of the most pertinent points are listed below:
The standards expected of doctors do not change because they are communicating through social media rather than face to face or through other traditional media.
Once information is published online it can be difficult to remove as other users may distribute it further or comment on it.
Although individual pieces of information may not breach confidentiality on their own, the sum of published information online could be enough to identify a patient or someone close to them.
Doctors must treat colleagues fairly and with respect. This covers all situations and all forms of interaction and communication. You must not bully, harass or make gratuitous, unsubstantiated or unsustainable comments about individuals online.
When interacting with or commenting about individuals or organisations online, you should be aware that postings online are subject to the same laws of copyright and defamation as written or verbal communications, whether they are made in a personal or professional capacity.
If you identify yourself as a doctor in publicly accessible social media, you should also identify yourself by name. Any material written by authors who represent themselves as doctors is likely to be taken on trust and may reasonably be taken to represent the views of the profession more widely.
Conflicts of Interest
When you post material online, you should be open about any conflict of interest and declare any financial or commercial interests in healthcare organisations or pharmaceutical and biomedical companies.
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