In a survey of 405 postgraduate trainee doctors (residents and fellows) from France, researchers examined how doctors are using Facebook — not only for themselves, but also in their interactions with patients.
Facebook, if you’ve been sleeping for the past year and didn’t notice TIME magazine just named Mark Zuckerberg — Facebook’s CEO and founder — Person of the Year, is the world’s largest social networking site. It allows you to connect with other acquaintances (they use the term “friends,” but this is a ridiculous use of the word since most people’s Facebook connections are not traditional friends) easily, online.
Perhaps too easily. The relationship between doctor and patient (or therapist and client) isn’t one based upon friendship. It’s a professional relationship with boundaries. Apparently, though, some doctors aren’t aware of those boundaries — at least according to this survey.
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