Do you add patients on Facebook?Created by:
I met John (not his real name for privacy purposes) for the first time at the ER. He's a 35 year-old artist who suffers from malignant cerebral infarct. I assisted my attending in doing an early decompressive hemicraniectomy on him, which fortunately saved his life. Being the assigned neurosurgery resident to attend to his case, I saw him regularly during his entire hospital course. He was up and about after a week. He was then advised to proceed with physical therapy for dense hemiplegia on the right. At first, he was too depressed to go through therapy, but my constant encouragement convinced him to undergo rehabilitation. Before he went home, he asked if he could add me on Facebook. Honestly, I wanted to politely decline because I want to have a clear delineation between my private and professional life. But I ended up agreeing to his request due to compassionate reasons.
Do you grant friend requests from patients and their relatives in social media?
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