New guidelines on use of social media for docs

A man is silhouetted against a video screen with an Facebook logo.
A man is silhouetted against a video screen with an Facebook logo. PHOTO: REUTERS

Guidelines on how medical professionals should interact with patients on social media were part of the updated Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines released by the Singapore Medical Council yesterday.

Under the guidelines, which kick in on Jan 1, doctors are advised not to initiate contact with their patients on social media.

However, should patients do so, doctors can respond, but have to remember not to do anything that might compromise patients' privacy or jeopardise doctors' professionalism.

The guidelines, last revised in 2002, were updated to keep pace with changes in medical practice, which has become more complicated, said the council.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2016, with the headline 'New guidelines on use of social media for docs'. Print Edition | Subscribe