Saturday 23 September 2017

Patients wary of doctors' love of Facebook and Twitter

76pc of people agreed that if their doctor posted personal information on social media, it would make them think differently about his or her professionalism
76pc of people agreed that if their doctor posted personal information on social media, it would make them think differently about his or her professionalism
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Growing numbers of doctors may be taking to Twitter and Facebook - but their patients are warning them to be careful of what they post.

A new survey by the Medical Council found 76pc of people agreed that if their doctor posted personal information on social media, it would make them think differently about his or her professionalism.

And 96pc were clear that a doctor should never share patient information on social media.

The survey showed that doctors remain the most trusted profession in Ireland, with 91pc saying they have faith in their doctor to tell the truth.

Politicians remain the least trusted, with only 12pc saying they would tell the truth - down from 18pc in 2013.

Just 30pc trust journalists.

Irish Independent

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