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British Medical Defence Union

British Medical Defence Union

Physician Organization warns of Facebook doctors have not only a special responsibility for their patients, but also for her own person. This particularly applies to the own profile on a social network. Reportedly the private krankenversicherung.de insurance portal, occurred in the UK first persistent traces of a family doctor-patient: he had his information from Facebook. Increasingly, patients use social networks such as Facebook to spy on their doctors, on to flirt or even ambiguous offers to make. The British Medical Defence Union (MDU) advises therefore on a careful handling of personal information in social platforms.

In the described case, a British general practitioner was more gifted by one of her patients with lilies and a travel guide. Thus not struck exactly the taste of his doctor and the reason. Only after some time, the doctor noticed that she was deliberately been spied. According to information of the MDU should therefore particularly doctors Security settings of their profiles on social networks carefully check and tighten if necessary. If this is not sufficient, it is advised to refer the patient to another colleague. The relationship between doctor and patient must be characterized by a professional distance and not be diluted by non-binding virtual friendships. More information: news.private-krankenversicherung.de/allgemein/… Contact: Lisa Neumann University first media GmbH barefoot streets 12 04109 Leipzig Tel: + 49/341/49288-240 fax: + 49/341/49288-59