Social Media and Clinical Practice: What Stays the Same, What Changes, and How to Plan Ahead?

Christopher E. Snowdy, Erica Z. Shoemaker, Steven Chan, Donald M. Hilty

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While the patient-centered healthcare movement, like traditional medicine movements, aims to deliver quality, affordable, and timely care in a variety of settings, the consumer movement on new technologies is passing it by with emerging technologies and new ways of communicating with others (text, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook). This chapter builds on what we know about e-Mental Health (eMH), technology and communication progress over the past 50 years in maintaining the tenets of “good” quality care, adjusting slightly to telemedicine models, and considering more significant adjustments for use of social media. The areas of challenges include privacy and confidentiality, health and personal practice, having “good” interpersonal/clinical boundaries, awareness of what information is out there about you, and discussing clear expectations about online communication between doctors and patients as part of the informed consent process. Guidelines, strategies, and tips for the clinician are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicatione-Mental Health
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319208527
ISBN (Print)9783319208510
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Psychology(all)


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