People are not only using Facebook, Twitter or blogs to interact with friends. More and more users are turning to these sites to find health and wellness information. According to a National Research Corp. survey, 41 % of internet users have used social media as a medical resource, including tips for healthy eating. Unlike traditional websites, they allow e-patients to better connect with professionals and other people that are telling their experiences. We, as dietetic professionals, have a role here as in any other media. We need to guide people to the right information. Of course, this does not replace office visits and one-to-one interactions. There are many concerns about patient confidentiality and professionalism. That’s why it took longer for health care organizations to implement social networks. I ask myself questions like: What type of content should be included in my Facebook page? Will my colleagues be glad to join my LinkedIn site or irritated by the request? I don’t have a Facebook page yet, but I’m thinking about having one. Please, I will appreciate your input!
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