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.

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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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Peer reviewed journals

Exploring digital professionalism

Ellaway RH, Coral J, Topps D, Topps M. Med Teach. 2015;37(9):844-9.
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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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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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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

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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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, & Nonprofit)

American Hospital Association

American Hospital Association
Social Media Policy
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International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Social media guidelines for IFRC staff
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Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Employee Social Media Policy
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