AMNews: Sept. 21, 2009. Should you keep patients from commenting online? … American Medical News
What do physicians have in common with restaurants, dry cleaners and plumbers? All are being critiqued online by the public.
Is there anything you can do about it? Yes. Have your patients sign a contract promising not to talk about you online.
First, this sort of thing just feeds the idea that docs are out of touch at best. (The people who would sign this are the kind who wouldn’t even think about it anyway, or are willing to lie to get the medical care they came for). Really, this is as stupid as a Loyalty Oath.
Second, if I’m a patient and my doc handed me one of these, I’d laugh and walk out. I hope you will, too.