Social media policies could be harmful

In an opinion piece in JAMA, the authors from Johns Hopkins University said de-personalised online interaction may be less effective for normalising difficult shared experiences or expressing empathy, and could reduce trust if patients feel their physician is intentionally hiding something.

Rather than withholding their personal identity, doctors should consider whether content “is appropriate for a physician in a public space”.

Queensland GP Dr Ewen McPhee — who tweets under the handle Fly_texan — agreed.

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