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Pathology Image-Sharing on Social Media: Recommendations for Protecting Privacy While Motivating Education

Overview of attention for article published in AMA Journal of Ethics, August 2016
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Title
Pathology Image-Sharing on Social Media: Recommendations for Protecting Privacy While Motivating Education
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AMA Journal of Ethics, August 2016
DOI 10.1001/journalofethics.2016.18.8.stas1-1608
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Abstract

There is a rising interest in the use of social media by pathologists. However, the use of pathology images on social media has been debated, particularly gross examination, autopsy, and dermatologic condition photographs. The immediacy of the interactions, increased interest from patients and patient groups, and fewer barriers to public discussion raise additional considerations to ensure patient privacy is protected. Yet these very features all add to the power of social media for educating other physicians and the nonmedical public about disease and for creating better understanding of the important role of pathologists in patient care. The professional and societal benefits are overwhelmingly positive, and we believe the potential for harm is minimal provided common sense and routine patient privacy principles are utilized. We lay out ethical and practical guidelines for pathologists who use social media professionally.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 35 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 17%
Other 5 14%
Student > Bachelor 4 11%
Researcher 4 11%
Student > Postgraduate 3 9%
Other 8 23%
Unknown 5 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 16 46%
Social Sciences 4 11%
Philosophy 2 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 6%
Immunology and Microbiology 2 6%
Other 3 9%
Unknown 6 17%