Like medicinal: the dilemma of being friends with doctors on social networks


The television host and Argentine actress Mirtha Legrand had a little bit of surgery on her abdomen in 2019 and she wants to appear in her comment program: “A carious salute to my doctor Guillermo Semeniuk, a great doctor.” Trace the origin of the pandemic, the hermana gemela fallecy and your medicine the convenience for not blowing the veil due to the risk of contamination of the coronavirus. By 2021, puseron stents in the coronary arteries will be diagnosed, and COVID-19 will be diagnosed. “Ayer hablé con el doctor Guillermo Semeniuk y le dije que estaba precupada porkin no tenía gusto. Por eso, me vinieron a hisopar ”, detail Legrand.

The television diva always promotes the professionalism and company of her doctor, who is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires and one of the 100 most highly regarded personalities in medicine by a Konex Award in 2013. But Mirtha Legrand’s medicine is very easy to find on a celebrity. Cultivate the profile bajo y no tiene redes social. “I do not consider myself aware of my friends patients for social reasons. I create in a personal relationship, but not through these mediums and taking care of what I am talking about ”, contest the doctor Semeniuk by electronic link with Infobae.

With the use of social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tic Tok, among others-, professionals saluting tuvieron the opportunity to access new communication channels with his colleagues, his patients and his community in general. But the dynamics of virtuality are different from time to time, and not all of them are in agreement with what doctors and doctors do to “perceive” their patients as “friends” in social networks.

An article in the journal Sociedad Argentina Pediatrics recommends that physicians -according to students- not accept the socially important solutions of their current or anterior patients, or their families (Getty Images)
An article in the journal Sociedad Argentina Pediatrics recommends that physicians -according to students- not accept the socially important solutions of their current or anterior patients, or their families (Getty Images)

Recently, the specialized magazine Argentinian Archives of Pediatrics de la Sociedad Argentina de Pediatría published in its latest issue an item that asks the professionals of the stable account “amistad” with patients on social networks. The authors are Fernando Lamas, Laura Krynski, Hernán Rowensztein (of Juan Garrahan Pediatric Hospital) and Ignacio Maglio, aboard specializing in the bioethics of the integrated team of the Muñiz Hospital in the city of Buenos Aires.

Different experts recommend different recommendations, and with respect to the relationship between doctors and patients, it is surprising that they recommend professionalism: “The personal field must differentiate the professional. It is recommended that the professionals of the salutation – only the students – do not accept the solicities of the friends in the social network of the current or previous patients, not of their families ”, affirms the authors. También suggests that “comments about symptoms or treatments should be considered generic, about a specific patient, even if they are interpolated in social networks”.

The social reds -señalaron- “Require ethical conduct that engages professionally with patients and other colleagues in diarrhea. In this way, you can choose the limits between the public and professional life of an individual ”.

Al ser consultado por Infobaeone of the authors, Dr. Maglio argues that it is not necessary to treat patients as friends in social networks: . If you do not have friends, the implications will denaturalize the clinical relationships. Tampoco is looking at the extreme opposite of total objectification. You have to go with a compact and amorous good, but now you have a friendly relationship ”.

“Doctors do not take care of their patients before they can take care of the healthy way of responding”, said the lawyer Ignacio Maglio / Archive

For Maglio, Doctors can use and support a digital communication channel with their patients, from electronics, WhatsApp, SMS, but they have to be clear as part of medical attention. Deberían specify which type of information to share (as for example the results of clinical studies). Considering that the current moment with the new technological technologies is an opportunity: “It is necessary to harmonize a hypocritical medical model with a digital assistance system. Reduced in safe medical-patient relations, quality and respect of human dignity ”.

As an embargo, there is a professional salute to your patients as friends in social networks. In some cases reconnect that has tended to revise the definition. “At the moment you have a private account in a social network, with photos of my family, feeling that it is not convenient and the center. Hoy solo uso las redes social with cuentas publicas en las que doy general orientations sobre emfermedades y tratamientos. If you ask me about the specific situation of a patient, I suggest consulting a medical professional. I see that my colleagues who prefer to expose the private life to their patients in social networks “, says Gabriel Lapman, cardiologist and author of the book Reset: Medicine of the screw style.

In particular, the doctor Mariana Lestelle, who is frequently consulted by programs of spectacle on the TV and form part of the medical implant of the Hospital of Oncology of the city of Olavarría, in the province of Buenos Aires, comment on Infobae: “Some of the most prestigious doctors who write in internationally recognized publications such as Eric Topol have professional connoisseurs, all of whom are social media,” he said.

“It simply came to our notice then. There are people who are contacted by alguna in the form of searching orientation about nurses. It’s only auspicious to solve the associated problem with a bureaucratic hurdle, but it is a moment different from the medical consultation, which must follow the masses of the scorpion’s sharpness in the prestige “, afirmó Lestelle. Mentions that in some cases usa Whatsapp groups to keep informed and family members whose patients are interns. “I want to mark a limit as a professional. It is the ethical mass that follows the real life. For example, you can not go to the patient’s case “, Opinion.

“Do not be fooled by other colleagues who use the reds for advertising, having magical results with plastic surgeons or banalizing their interventions”, says specialist Jorge Pedro / Archive

Dr. Jorge Pedro, ex-director of Communication of the Society of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reparative Society (SACPER) of Argentina argues that he shares moments of his private lives and professional questions on Instagram, where he can follow his patients. In exchange, on Facebook, the difference between a account to be in contact with all your friends and sisters as a professional. “Search for solo social networks to inform and guide the community with accountability and ethics. You do not want to be frustrated if you can not get the right pitch so invest in a good capo. As a specialist in plastic surgery we can reduce scarring and the passage of time in the body, but we do not have a magic variant in the tire. The patient must be aware of the limitations of the treatments and their possible complications ”, express Dr. Doctor Pedro, who conducts television programs as a communicator in health.

The debate is about the use of social media in the medical community, as described in 2019 by Mirtha Legrand doctor in an editorial of the magazine Medicine Buenos Aires. Dr. Semeniuk suggests creating discussion forums about the use of platforms such as Whatsapp between doctors and patients to “support ideas, ensure safe dissemination, but also contribute to health in general, taking care of important aspects” a dual relation which relates to examples, metaphors, parables, and acts arbitrarily elegance and confusion, but only consular, but always effective ”.

For Semeniuk, the main question is to avoid a “liquid medicine” paraphrased by the philosopher Zygmunt Bauman. “The time and the artificial intelligence in the field -description-. And I want to be cool, impulsive by the influencer algebra, consult a doctor who does not try to get well with his ojos and even our togas ”.


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