Doctors need social media training: study

The national study of doctors’ online habits shows medical professionals remain wary of engaging with patients on line, even though GPs and rural doctors report high rates of discussing online resources with patients as part of their primary care.

Junior medical officer James Brown, who conducted the study with Dr Chris Ryan and Associate Professor Anthony Harris, of the University of Sydney’s discipline of psychiatry, said the findings indicate fear of the unknown may be stopping doctors from taking advantage of an online presence.

“It is clear that doctors are happy to speak with patients