Doctors urged to pause before they post, text or e-mail

April 11, 2013 6:33 PM

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Doctors urged to pause before they post, text or e-mail

Doctors should not "friend" patients on Facebook, should text them with "extreme caution" and should use e-mail only with patients who understand the risks of lost privacy, says the latest set of guidelines to help doctors navigate the online world.

The potential benefits of online contact between patients and providers are real, say the experts behind the guidelines from the American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards, published online today in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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