Doctors Wary of Social Media Exposure But See Value in Dialogue

Tony Hagen @oncobiz
Published: Friday, Jun 12, 2015
Deanna Attai, MD

Deanna Attai, MD

Online forums have peeled away some of the barriers to understanding her patients, says Deanna Attai, MD, a well-known clinical professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. Attai is co-moderator of the Breast Cancer Social Media (BCSM) Twitter community, a regular Monday open forum.

Don Dizon, MD

Don Dizon, MD

Attai is in the camp of social media converts who believe that patient confidentiality can be respected with proper training and that, although physicians are busy, social media is something they can do if they are dedicated. “As with anything, you have to figure out how involved you want to be, how important it is to you, and then figure out how to manage your time. It took me a little while to learn,” she says.

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