Eyespy: March 2011
Medics on Facebook—Been tagged doing something embarrassing? Displaying too much personal information on the social networking site Facebook could damage the relationship between doctors and their patients, warn French researchers, who surveyed more than 200 doctors in France about their use of the website (J Med Ethics 2010; doi:10.1136/jme.2010.036293). Of the respondents, 73% had a Facebook account, of whom 99% displayed their full name, 91% personal photographs, and 55% their current position. Only 61% of Facebook users had changed their privacy settings from default, potentially allowing strangers to view their profile. Although 85% said they would automatically decline a friend request from a patient, 15% would decide on an individual basis. Reasons for accepting such requests included a fear of embarrassing or losing patients.
Fearless—A brain damaged patient has lent weight to the theory that the human amygdala plays a pivotal role in triggering a state of fear. The