WASHINGTON - Sometimes it's difficult to get in touch with a doctor. So how about sending a Facebook friend request?
The guidelines say the patient/doctor relationship can benefit from the online world, but that certain lines shouldn't be crossed.
For example, doctors should have separate "personas" for personal and professional use. And they shouldn't communicate with patients via text or email without patient consent.
To read more about the social media guidelines, read the full explanation on Annals.org and check out the chart below.
WTOP's Veronica Robinson contributed to this report.
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