Health Care Professionals Engaging in the Diabetes Online Community
Health Care Professionals (HCP) are becoming curious on how they can properly engage and interact with the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) using various social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter and TuDiabetes). I believe HCP’s want to engage the Diabetes Online Community but they are not sure how to do so. The idea behind last nights’ chat came from an email I received from a HCP. He inquired on how HCPs such as himself should actively engage in the Diabetes Online Community. I responded, ”Would it be alright if I shared these questions during the #DSMA chat?”, he thought it was a great idea. Two of his questions along with a question from the #HCSM chat were incorporated into last nights’ chat. This seems to be the beginning of Health Care Professionals engaging properly and actively in the Diabetes Online Community.
Q1. What social or online channels does the DOC look to for trusted information?
Q2. When/where is it appropriate for Health Care Professionals to engage directly with the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) ? When is it not appropriate for Health Care Professionals to engage directly with the DOC?
Q3. Should patients ask their Physicians about their social media usage? Should patients tell about theirs? Why or why not?
Q4. What are the Pro’s and Con’s of having Health Care Professionals participating in diabetes communities or commenting on blogs?
Q5. What advice/insight would you give to a Health Care Professional wanting to engage the DOC?