Monday, February 28, 2011

Social Media - How to Use Social Media to Choose a Doctor

We patients have only a few tools at our disposal to choose the right doctor for us. Most of those tools provide very cut and dried basics like licensing, board certification, even malpractice.

It has always been difficult to gain a glimpse into a doctor's attitudes or personality without meeting that doctor and getting to know him or her. Friends might tell us a doctor is "nice" - but smart patients know that doesn't mean a doctor is competent.

Along comes social media - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and other programs online that allow us to connect with other people - including doctors. Social media allows us to learn more about a doctor's personality and attitudes, his or her approach to their work and more.

With a little detective work, picking up clues here and there, smart patients use social medial to help them research and choose their doctors.

Some might tell you that you can get this kind of information from doctors' ratings sites. But I'm not a fan. They are too restricted, and are too often populated only by disgruntled patients. So give social media a try, hopefully to find more balance.

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