Social Media in Clinical Practice: Chapter 4, Community Sites: Facebook, Google+ and Medical Social Networks

When I realized Springer made the individual chapters of my book, Social Media in Clinical Practice, available, I thought it would be useful for future readers to get some insights about each chapter one by one.

Here is the short summary of what you can read about and an excerpt of the fourth chapter, Community Sites: Facebook, Google+ and Medical Social Networks:

Practicing medicine is teamwork. While 86 % of medical professionals use the Internet to access health information, 92 % of them access it from their office [1]; and 71 % of them use community sites [2]. One of the main reasons for using a community sites is that the person with the right answer for our question is not always present in the clinical setting therefore turning to the online world is a fast and potentially accurate alternative.

Topics covered:

  • Practicing medicine is teamwork
  • Potential advantages and disadvantages of using community sites in medicine
  • Differences between medical and non-medical community sites
  • Non-medical Community Sites: Using Facebook as a Medical Professional
  • Privacy settings of posts published on Facebook
  • What if a Patient Sends a Friendship Request to His/Her Doctor on Facebook?
  • Using Google+ for Medical Purposes
  • Creating a Google+ community
  • Using LinkedIn for Maintaining Professional Relationships
  • Using Groups on Friendfeed for Archived Communication
  • Medical Community Sites


Chapters that have already been covered: