Survey of Individual and Institutional Risk Associated With the Use of Social Media

Manish Garg, MD; David A. Pearson, MD, MS; Michael C. Bond, MD; Michael Runyon, MD; M. Tyson Pillow, MD, Med; Laura Hopson, MD; Robert R. Cooney, MD; Jay Khadpe, MD; Jason T. Nomura, MD; Pholaphat C. Inboriboon, MD, MPH


Western J Emerg Med. 2016;17(3):344-349. 

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Our study has several limitations. First, the survey methodology could have led to inaccurate entry of the respondent data (i.e., if a respondent could have incorrectly selected a choice that did not reflect a true observation). Second, we asked respondents to self-report the frequency of observations, which is subject to recall bias (individuals who have knowledge of adverse events could be more likely to respond). Third, we left the definition of an inappropriate photograph up to the survey respondent. A finite definition was not provided knowing that individuals often make a value judgment of inappropriateness based on their own perceptions and life experiences. Finally, none of respondents actually reported any institutional consequence from the improper SM postings, despite the reports of individual consequences.