Social Media and Conflicts of Interest?

Alex Smith of GeriPal has just posted a new entry to our community of blogs. Smith provides a round-up of some of the new and interesting geriatric care research. Here’s a teaser:

Here are a smattering of interesting articles on my desk I’ve wanted to blog about, but haven’t had time to work into full posts. Writing about them here briefly doesn’t preclude anyone (you?) from posting about these stories in greater detail later.

  • The February issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, or JGIM, should be subtitled “The GeriPal Issue.”  Lots of great articles on social media, geriatrics, and palliative care topics, including:
  • An article by Matthew DeCamp on social media and conflicts of interest.  Did you know that 65% of patients trust information about cancer obtained from the internet?  (for comparison, 93% trusted information from a physician).  Lot’s of nefarious potential here for big pharma and docs in their pay to steer patients to their products without adequate disclosure.

Read this blog entry and much more from our bloggers on Annals of Long-Term Care online.


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