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Several professional societies, and some university medical centers, already have guidelines that call on doctors to use social media with care.

The American Medical Association, for instance, issued guidelines in 2010. They encourage doctors to “consider separating personal and professional content online.” They also stress the importance of “appropriate professional boundaries” with patients, and never violating patients’ privacy.

But it’s not clear how often those messages get through to doctors, said DeCamp, who was not involved in the study.

“It’s concerning that professional guidelines may not be having the intended effect,” he said.

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