Archive for July 24th, 2008

Study of Medical Bloggers

July 24, 2008

A study by a fellow from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published a study of medical bloggers. Out of 271 blogs by medical professionals, individual patients could be identified in 42% and many describe negatively. Some even showed identifiable photos of patients. The conclusions state that while blogging provides and opportunity for sharing a professional narrative, these violations of privacy need to be addressed.

One wonders if there are similar privacy and confidentiality violations within social networking sites for medical professionals. Some basic groundrules need to be established. One good model is Clinical Cases blog which takes pains to deidentify patient information including Xrays.

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