Will Twitter Improve Doctor-Patient Relationships?

Wed, Apr 21, 2010

Fact Finder

Social media gets the nod from 59% of poll respondents…But don’t twit any advice.

Twitter will be an essential tool for physicians in the future. Fifty-nine percent of doctors believe the social media site will influence the world of medical practice in a huge way, according to a recent poll conducted by Case Western University in Cleveland, OH.

The ubiquitous social networking site is now popular among doctors, who use it as a way to interact with patients and other media professionals. However, doctors rarely give out medical advice in Twitter. Read on to find out more about whether to tweet or not.

Instead of giving out advice, doctors more often guide the public to reputable sources of information, or share breaking medical news. For instance, they might be guided to the CDC, which uses Twitter to update the public on H1N1 influenza.

Poll respondents say they…

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