Docs Ask Out Patients Online; Some Get Reported

New research suggests doctors are contacting patients on Internet dating sites and engaging in other unprofessional online behavior - and sometimes getting caught.

That's according to a survey of most state medical boards that license and discipline doctors.

Most boards said they'd received at least one complaint about unprofessional online behavior; 25 percent had received more than three complaints.

The most common violation was asking patients out online. Others were prescribing medicine and overstating medical credentials online.

More than half said complaints led to serious punishment including revoking medical licenses.

The survey appears in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association. Violations occurred over about 10 years.

The Federation of State Medical Boards is considering adopting professional guidelines for doctors' use of social networks and other online behavior.

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  • by killer on Mar 23, 2012 at 09:19 AM
    Doctors are people too!!
  • by freedom? on Mar 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM
    Seems to me that what patients want to do is their personal business. If it's a shrink or something of that nature, then that's another matter.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM
    Oh, so now that they're making housecalls again we're mad about it? lol
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM
    Some doctors have been known to call patients at home, prior to internet dating, and engage in uprofessional behavoir.

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