Clinical Guide: Social Media Use for Forensic Clinicians

Social media use is ubiquitous at this point, but there’s much we simply don’t discuss: about its appropriate use; left and right limits of what should be posted online; and the type of training and policy creation that should be happening on the subject. What follows are resources to assist with all of these. Note that this is really focused on the ethics of using social media when you are a clinician who can fully expect to end up in court. This doesn’t touch nearly so much on using it for clinical practice or research. As always, the guide isn’t exhaustive, just a place to begin. (UPDATED 7/19)

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10 Things: Social Media Use for Forensic Clinicians

{Note: this post doesn't discuss the use of social media for professional purposes, only personal ones. We'll address the professional use of social media, such as crowd-sourcing clinical information, at a later date.} A favorite topic of conversation here at…

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Trials and Social Media…

...Don't mix. Resist the urge to post anything* about trials in which you are involved. Before, during or after. Particularly commenting on the results of trials. I love social media, and I use it all the time; there's a lot about…

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Peer reviewed journals

Electronic and social media: the legal and ethical issues for healthcare.

Scruth EA, Pugh DM, Adams CL, Foss-Durant AM. Electronic and social media: the legal and ethical issues for healthcare. Clin Nurse Spec. 2015 Jan-Feb;29(1):8-11.
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Ethics and social media.

Milton CL. Ethics and social media. Nurs Sci Q. 2014 Oct;27(4):283-5.
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Exploring digital professionalism

Ellaway RH, Coral J, Topps D, Topps M. Med Teach. 2015;37(9):844-9.
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Lessons Learned from Litigation: Legal and Ethical Consequences of Social Media.

Brous E, Olsen DP. Lessons Learned from Litigation: Legal and Ethical Consequences of Social Media. Am J Nurs. 2017 Sep;117(9):50-54
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Nursing Students' Use of Electronic and Social Media: Law, Ethics, and E-Professionalism.

Westrick SJ. Nursing Students' Use of Electronic and Social Media: Law, Ethics, and E-Professionalism. Nurs Educ Perspect. 2016 Jan-Feb;37(1):16-22.
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Online professionalism: A synthetic review

Chretien KC, Tuck MG. Online professionalism: A synthetic review. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2015 Apr;27(2):106-17.
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Power with Social Media: A Nursing Perspective.

Milton CL. Power with Social Media: A Nursing Perspective. Nurs Sci Q. 2016 Apr;29(2):113-5.
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Relevance of social media to nurses and healthcare: 'to tweet or not to tweet'.

Huby K, Smith J. Relevance of social media to nurses and healthcare: 'to tweet or not to tweet'. Evid Based Nurs. 2016 Oct;19(4):105-6.
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Social media and health care professionals: Benefits, risks, and best practices (FULL-TEXT)

Ventola CL. Social media and health care professionals: Benefits, risks, and best practices. P&T, 2014 39(7), 491-99, 520.
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Social media and nurse education: an integrative review of the literature

Vanzetta M, Dal Molin A, Vellone E, Alvaro R, Arrigoni C (2016). Social media and nurse education: an integrative review of the literature. Ann Ig. 2016 May-Jun;28(3):187-201.
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Social media and nurses: Insights for promoting health for individual and professional use (FULL-TEXT)

Jackson J, Fraser R, Ash P. Social media and nurses: Insights for promoting health for individual and professional use. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Sept 30, 2014; 19(3): Manuscript 2.
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Social Media: Managing the ethical issues (FULL-TEXT)

Lachman VD. Social media:
Managing the ethical issues. Med-Surg Nursing, September-October 2013; Vol. 22(5): 326-329.
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Sounding off on social media: the ethics of patient storytelling in the modern era

Wells DM, Lehavot K, Isaac ML. Sounding off on social media: the ethics of patient storytelling in the modern era. Acad Med. 2015 Aug;90(8):1015-9.
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The Ethics of Scholarship With Social Media.

Milton CL. The Ethics of Scholarship With Social Media. Nurs Sci Q. 2018 Oct;31(4):330-332.
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Why can’t we be friends? A case-based analysis of ethical issues with social media in health care

Parsai K, Elster N. Why can’t we be friends? A case-based analysis of ethical issues with social media in health care. AMA Journal of Ethics. Nov 2015;17(11): 1009-1018.
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Full-text resources

10 Issues To Address In Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Policy

10 Issues To Address In Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Policy. The Nonprofit Times.
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A nurse's guide to the use of social media

A nurse's guide to the use of social media. National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
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How Social Media Are Transforming Litigation

How Social Media Are Transforming Litigation. American Bar Association
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Model Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Social Media and Social Networking in Medical Practice

Model Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Social Media and Social Networking in Medical Practice. Federation of State Medical Boards
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Professionalism in the Use of Social Media

Professionalism in the Use of Social Media, American Medical Association.
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Scientists Should Contribute to, Not Shun, Social Media

Scientists Should Contribute to, Not Shun, Social Media. Huffington Post (Shattell, McLemore & Burton)
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The 5 Social Media Posts Your Privacy Officer Fears Most

The 5 Social Media Posts Your Privacy Officer Fears Most. The Compliance and Ethics Blog
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White Paper: A Nurse’s Guide to the Use of Social Media

White Paper: A Nurse’s Guide
to the Use of Social Media. National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
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Sample policies (Association & Hospital System)

American Hospital Association

American Hospital Association
Social Media Policy
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Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital Employee Social Media Policy
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Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Employee Social Media Policy
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