Respecting patient privacy and boundaries

Two years ago, when Dr Katie Frankish was in her final year training as a psychiatry fellow, she closed out her Facebook account, disconcerted at the revelation that people she’d never met had seen pictures of the inside of her home on the site.

The incident started her thinking, not only about her own privacy in the world of social networking, but about all sorts of ethical nuances.

After completing a literature review, Dr Frankish organised discussions with a panel including psychiatrists, a clinical psychologist involved in online therapy, an expert