In the era of social media : is it time to establish a code of online ethical conduct for healthcare professionals ?

Other Title(s)

في عصر وسائل التواصل الاجتماع : هل حان الوقت لوضع مدونة للسلوك الأخلاقي لاستخدام الإنترنت للعاملين في مجال الرعاية الصحية ؟

Author

al-Balushi, Amal Ahmad

Source

Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal

Issue

Vol. 20, Issue 1 (29 Feb. 2020), pp.25-28, 4 p.

Publisher

Sultan Qaboos University College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Publication Date

2020-02-29

Country of Publication

Oman

No. of Pages

4

Main Topic

Diseases

Abstract EN

Social media is becoming an invasive part of the lives of many professionals including those in the healthcare field.

One of the countless implications of such an invasion is how the healthcare professional’s engagement with social media affects the traditional doctor-patient relationship.

The online presence of professionals should be carefully self-monitored as it affects the individual’s reputation and society’s perception of their profession.

Therefore, the contents of public and personal accounts must differ according to their purpose.

In the public eye, conflicts of interest must be declared and scientifically-based medical advice should be clearly differentiated from experience-based advice, personal opinions or commercial advertisements.

Online doctorpatient relationships risk the privacy of patients as well as the personal privacy of the healthcare professional.

Personal accounts created for friends and family should be kept separate from public accounts created for educational, professional or commercial purposes.

Published educational material should be clearly differentiated from commercial material so that it is easier for the public to make an informed decision.

This paper proposes a code of online ethical conduct to be implemented in Oman.

American Psychological Association (APA)

al-Balushi, Amal Ahmad. 2020. In the era of social media : is it time to establish a code of online ethical conduct for healthcare professionals ?. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal،Vol. 20, no. 1, pp.25-28.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-957296

Modern Language Association (MLA)

al-Balushi, Amal Ahmad. In the era of social media : is it time to establish a code of online ethical conduct for healthcare professionals ?. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal Vol. 20, no. 1 (Feb. 2020), pp.25-28.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-957296

American Medical Association (AMA)

al-Balushi, Amal Ahmad. In the era of social media : is it time to establish a code of online ethical conduct for healthcare professionals ?. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal. 2020. Vol. 20, no. 1, pp.25-28.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-957296

Data Type

Journal Articles

Language

English

Notes

Includes bibliographical references : p. 27-28

Record ID

BIM-957296