BMA Guidance on using Social Media

In view of the widespread use of sites such as Facebook and Twitter amongst medical students and doctors, as well as a growing number of well-established blogs and internet forums aimed specifically at medical professionals, the BMA issued guidance Using Social Media: practical and ethical guidance for doctors and medical students.

The guidance covers issues such as:

  • Patient confidentiality 
  • Appropriate discussions of patients and practice
  • Maintaining boundaries – the doctor-patient relationship
  • Privacy and personal information
  • Facebook friend requests
  • Declaring conflicts of interest
  • Medical education and employment
  • Defamation
  • Professionalism and social media.