Should you Facebook friend your doctor? A recent Boston Globe article explores the answer to this question, largely as an ethical information-sharing issue. But patients friending doctors and vice versa is more than a moral dilemma—it’s a public relations one.
Seeing as how I’m a millennial and a big proponent of Twitter, WordPress, Facebook, instant messaging, or any other online information-sharing media, you may think I’d be in favor of unchecked doctor-patient friending. Well, you’d be wrong. I don’t want to see photos of my doctor’s Wednesday night bowling league any more than I want her to see my status updates about how much I’m dreading going to the doctor’s. Imagine posting a WebMD link about some affliction you’ve self-diagnosed yourself with only to have your physician comment to tell you to book an appointment? And what if your doctor writes a status about how much they dislike their job or organization. Some things are just better left unshared.