Online Medical Professionalism: Patient and Public Relationships: Policy Statement From the American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards.
Farnan JM, Sulmasy LS, Worster BK, Chaudhry HJ, Rhyne JA, Arora VM; for the American College of Physicians Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee; the American College of Physicians Council of Associates; the Federation of State Medical Boards Special Committee on Ethics and Professionalism*. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Apr 11. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-158-8-201304160-00100. [Epub ahead of print]
The American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards has released a policy statement regarding online medical professionalism. The statement offers 5 positions about applying ethical principles to online settings and communication, maintaining separation between professional and social spheres online, communicating online, checking the accuracy of online information about you as a clinician, and considering the future implications of online activities for professional lives. This statement may be beneficial for all healthcare professionals.