Maryam Foroghi – Hissein Shahnavazi
The popularity of social media has grown rapidly in recent years. There is widespread use of sites such as Facebook and Twitter amongst medical students and doctors and there are a growing number of well-established blogs and internet forums that are aimed specifically at medical professionals. While many medical professionals use social media without encountering any difficulties, media interest and research into examples of unprofessional behaviour online have raised concerns that some doctors and medical students may be unknowingly exposing themselves to risk in the way they are using these applications and uploading personal material onto the internet Although medical professionals should be free to take advantage of the many personal and professional benefits that social media can offer, it is important that they are aware of the potential risks involved. This paper provides practical and ethical guideline on the different issues that doctors and medical students may encounter when using social media.
Key words: ethics principles, social media, medical ethics