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Social Media, Surgeons, and the Internet: An Era or an Error?

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According to the National Research Corporation, 1 in 5 Americans use social media sites to obtain healthcare information. Patients can easily access information on medical conditions and medical professionals; however physicians may not be aware of the nature and impact of this information. All physicians must learn to use the Internet to their advantage and be acutely aware of the disadvantages. Surgeons are in a unique position because, unlike in the primary care setting, less time is spent developing a long-term relationship with the patient. In this literature review, we discuss the impact of the Internet, social networking websites, and physician rating websites and make recommendations for surgeons about managing digital identity and maintaining professionalism.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA; University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA 2: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA 3: Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USAUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Publication date: May 1, 2012

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