Ethics in an Age of Information Seekers: A Survey of Licensed Healthcare Providers about Online Social Networking.
Anderson, Shannon C. Guyton, Michelle R.
Published: April-June 2013
Journal of Technology in Human Services
Vol. 31, No. 2 , p. 112-128
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The present study explores how licensed health care providers use social media. The researchers utilized a survey to explore 88 licensed psychologists, physicians, and social workers average numbers of Facebook© friends, social groups, and photo albums as well as attitudes toward possible regulation of online social networking by professional organizations. Statistically significant differences were found among groups regarding the degree to which they wanted guidance on ethically managing this new technology, with psychologists and social workers desiring more guidance than physicians. Overall, this study shows that the majority of the psychologists, physicians, and social workers who participated in this study now frequently use Facebook, often providing information on profiles that may include that which is not generally disclosed in a client?therapist relationship. (Author abstract)
Communication techniques; Social Media; Internet; Social workers; Physicians; Psychologists; Ethics; Health services; Information technology