Physicians' embrace of social media does not, however, mean that it has changed the way the vast majority practice medicine. The most recent survey, by QuantiaMD, found that only 67% used social media professionally, and physicians seem to be reluctant to use these sites as a way to communicate with patients. One-third said they had received requests to "friend" a patient on Facebook, but of those, 75% did not accept those invitations.
To read about psychiatrists' use of social media, including potential pitfalls, see Psychiatric News at http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/17/6.full and http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/11/12.full.
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