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When Is Posting about Patients on Social Media Unethical “Medutainment”?

Overview of attention for article published in AMA Journal of Ethics, April 2018
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When Is Posting about Patients on Social Media Unethical “Medutainment”?
Published in
AMA Journal of Ethics, April 2018
DOI 10.1001/journalofethics.2018.20.4.ecas1-1804
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Social media is characterized by online spaces for rapid communication, advertising, professional development, and advocacy, and these platforms have revolutionized the way we interact with people and our culture. In plastic surgery, platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram are especially attractive for practice promotion and instantaneous connection with potential patients. However, considerable risks and ethical dilemmas lie in wait for the plastic surgeon who attempts to use patient photographs and videos for advertising. It is critical for plastic surgeons who use patient images for this purpose to facilitate fully informed consent, consider both context of use and the patient-physician power differential, and put patients' interests ahead of their own.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 28 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Doctoral Student 5 18%
Student > Master 3 11%
Researcher 3 11%
Student > Bachelor 2 7%
Other 2 7%
Other 5 18%
Unknown 8 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 8 29%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 11%
Computer Science 1 4%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 4%
Psychology 1 4%
Other 2 7%
Unknown 12 43%