As a PTthinktank reader, you are likely aware that social media sites have made new information easier to share and access. Health professionals, fitness “experts” and the average Joe are now able to disseminate large amounts of information quickly and easily – with content that may or may not be credible.
Drs. Kendra Gagnon and Carla Sabus argue in a recent PT Journal article that physical therapy professionals have an “opportunity – and perhaps a professional obligation” to contribute in meaningful ways to the quality of health-related information on social media websites. In their article, they offer several opportunities and guidelines through which physical therapy professionals can use social media to connect with other providers, patients, and readers around the world.
For this week’s #DPTstudent chat, we’ll be interviewing Kendra and Carla via Google Hangout from 8pm-9pm CST. The live YouTube link will appear on this site on Wednesday evening immediately before the interview. We welcome your comments, questions and discussion on Twitter during the interview regarding social media use for physical therapists and DPT students.
Abstract and link to full-text for APTA members here
View the interview here: http://youtu.be/dQHgoj_kyDE
See you there!
One Reply to “#DPTstudent chat for Wednesday, June 18: Professionalism in a Digital Age”
I think you are absolutely right that social media presents an opportunity to connect with those who want professional PT advice. It’s a great way for therapists to have a “conversation” with those interested in pain relief and recovery. If they have a trusted resource in you, then they are less likely to take the poor advice found elsewhere. It’s a space where you can nurture existing client relationships and build new ones.
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