Social media praised as useful health tool

Facebook, Twitter and online patient support groups and forums can be a valuable medical resource, say doctors who have met in Victoria to discuss how they use social media.

Queensland GP Dr Edwin Kruys says some of his patients have chosen to see him because they are aware of his presence on social media and have followed his discussions about health topics.

He draws the line at giving clinical advice online, however, and encourages people with specific presentations to see a doctor in person.

Dr Jill Tomlinson, a Victoria hand surgery

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