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Ethical Guidelines for the Use of Social Media in Healthcare

Course #: 03-353

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CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

CEU Course Description

This CE course provides physical therapists with recommendations within the ethical framework of usage of social media and texting in the healthcare setting.  Five key themes are investigated: privacy and confidentiality breaches; student use and the need for student guidance; the patient therapist relationship and boundary blurring; integrity and reputation of the profession; and a lack of institutional guidelines.  Tools to aid ethically-reasoned practice will also be discussed which will be of value when developing future guidelines about social media use.

The article for this course is from Physiotherapy New Zealand, www.physiotherapy.org.nz, as first published in the New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy.

CEU Course Objectives

1.  Enumerate the benefits for health professionals and patients using social media and/or texting.

2.  Investigate the guidelines and recommendations regarding privacy issues for those that work in the healthcare setting.

3.  Examine the circumstances that are considered boundary violations.

CEU Course Syllabus

Introduction   0.20 Contact Hours  
Literature Review   1.20 Contact Hours
Professional Guidelines     0.40 Contact Hours
Discussion   0.20 Contact Hours

Total = 2 Contact Hours

Instructional level:  Basic


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