|[Del artículo: Practicing Medicine in the Age of Facebook. N Engl J Med 2009;361(1) August 13]
In my second week of medical internship, I received a "friend request" on Facebook, the popular social-networking Web site. The name of the requester was familiar: Erica Baxter. Three years earlier, as a medical student, I had participated in the delivery of Ms. Baxter’s baby. Now, apparently, she wanted to be back in touch.
Despite certain reservations, I clicked "confirm", and Ms. Baxter joined my list of Facebook "friends". I was curious to hear about the progress of her baby girl, but I wondered about the appropriateness of this interaction.
Was Ms. Baxter simply a grateful patient interested in sharing news about her child -as a follow up to our professional interaction- or did she have other motives that weren’t apparent to me? In confirming this patient as my "friend" on Facebook, I was merging my professional and personal lives. From my Facebook page, Ms. Baxter could identify and reach anyone in my network of friends, view an extensive collection…
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