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Will You Be My 'Friend'? Digital Encounters and Ethics for Healthcare Professionals and Patients
Christina Bach, MBE, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C and Helen Chapple, PhD, RN, MA, MSN, CT
Recorded on June 24, 2015
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About the Webinar
Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have changed how we interact with “friends.” As healthcare professionals, we may be faced with “friend” requests, Twitter followers or “likes” that force us into new, uncharted ethical spaces.
This webinar will explore the ethical implications of the “friend” request, including confidentiality and privacy (yours and your patients), dual relationships, boundaries, identity questions and conflict of interests. We will explore how social media and digital platforms impact our forming and maintaining of relationships, authenticity and our abilities to be alone with ourselves.
Finally, we will focus on time and death in social media and delve into what happens in social media space after someone dies: from permanency, to memorial pages, to feeling haunted by the continued presence of the deceased in our Facebook feeds or our contact lists.
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
- Explain how ethical issues such as confidentiality/privacy, dual relationships, boundaries and conflict of interests interplay with social media platforms and the health care delivery system
- Discuss and practice ethically based social media policies and procedures with their patients and co-workers while preserving the sanctity of the working (helping) relationship
- Comprehend the impact of permanency in the digital world and how social media encourages memorials while also representing an (perhaps) unwelcome or intrusive presence in the lives of the living
About the Presenters
Continuing Education Credits
Level - Intermediate - Ethics
Participants will earn 2 CE credits upon successful completion of a post-webinar evaluation.