Social media use is ubiquitous in Canadian society.
Numerous articles/blogs exhort physicians to embrace social media to improve patient care…
But numerous barriers to SM use by physicians in Canada:
* time constraints
* remuneration lacking
Doctors and social media: Example of regulatory activity
The Council has recently become aware that some physicians have posted information on Facebook … such that specific patients have been inadvertently identified. Council wishes to remind physicians of the potential risk of a complaint, and disciplinary action, for posting or disclosure of any information which has any possibility of identifying a patient. Council does not believe there is ever a need, or a point, to posting any information regarding a physician’s professional or clinical activity in such a fashion, considering the many risks and no discernable benefits.
College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick
“ Help us represent the views of Canada's physicians by joining a panel of doctors who have agreed to be contacted by email four to six times per year for their input on matters of importance to the profession.”
started in 2007
currently 3,258 participants (practising physicians, medical students, residents, retired physicians)
“ It is an important challenge for us as researchers and health system leaders to work with the public to find ways to use the social media to achieve the ideal state … where important decisions are based upon a combination of evidence of needs and impacts; costs and affordability; and fairness and justice.”