Do you cyber-stalk your patients?

Doctors are increasingly googling their patients, according to a University of Melbourne bioethicist who says the practice raises ethical concerns.

Dr Merle Spriggs points to a recent survey that found one in six doctors had searched online for information on a patient, not seeing it as an invasion of privacy.

Studies from the US and Canada tell a similar story.

Dr Spriggs says doctors mostly believe they are doing it in the best interests of their patients, but there is also evidence that some are effectively online stalking

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