Should doctors and patients be Facebook friends? If a doctor provides medical advice to a prospective patient via email, is it considered treatment? What if a psychiatrist complains about his workday on Facebook, inadvertently providing information that allows a colleague to identify a patient they share?
The ease and prevalence of electronic communication have made doctors more accessible than ever before. But along with this convenience comes a host of thorny issues doctors of all kinds must navigate as they adapt to new notions of privacy; more permeable boundaries between the personal and the professional; and a world where their patients are always just a few keystrokes away.
With these issues in mind, Dr. Sandra DeJong gave a presentation entitled "Blogs, Tweets, Sexting and Friending: Psychiatric Professionalism and the Internet," at the NYU Child Study Center's Grand Rounds on Oct. 7, 2011. You can see the video of her full presentation above.
Dr. DeJong is the Associate Training Director for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, and Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
You can see more videos from the NYU Child Study Center's expert clinicians and Grand Rounds speakers on the NYU CSC YouTube channel.