Twitter and Understanding Shared Decision Making

Posted on 03/20/2013

Medical Ethics and Me: In Twitter dialogues about end of life care and other areas of medical ethics, I tend to eavesdrop, rather than participate. There are quite a lot of such dialogues and they attract a dedicated group of medical carers whose exchanges are moving in what they reveal of the dedication to serving the best interests of patients.

I often find the chatters to be more interested than interesting, but sometimes a chat provides a view into the real value of social network in medicine. That was especially true recently in a Twitter dialogue using the hashtag #SDMchat, the acronym for shared decision making, a medical model foundational to the palliative care specialty.

Dr. Meier (@DianeEMeier), director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, collaborated in the chat with Renee Berry (@rfberry), palliative care advocate and digital media guru, and Martha Hayward of The Conversation Project (@ConvoProject).

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