20Sep/10

Twitter for Diabetes Information

I recently wrote an article for DiabetesWatch magazine on getting diabetes information on Twitter.  The following are some organizations I’m currently following. I’ve included the brief bio they have on their Twitter profile.

AmDiabetesAssn
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences, and fighting for all those affected by diabetes.

NDEP
The National Diabetes Education Program is a partnership of NIH and CDC.

diabetesdaily

Seeking a better life for everyone affected by diabetes!

JoslinDiabetes

Joslin Diabetes Center is the world’s preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization.

DiabetesHealth
Diabetes Health is the essential resource for people living with diabetes – both newly-diagnosed and experienced – as well as the professionals who care for them.

WDD
World Diabetes Day is marked each year on November 14. It is led by the International Diabetes Federation.

IntDiabetesFed

International Diabetes Federation

diabetespodcast

Voice of Diabetes. Radio talk show and online global community, serving as a platform to share knowledge, news and insight on living with and managing diabetes.

Diabeat1t
Diabeat-1t aims to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes. Diabetes doesn’t define you, you define 1t! Spread the word!

I’m also on Twitter – @endocrine_witch.

16Sep/10

To blog or not to blog

For various reasons, it took me a while to start this blog.  There are after all, many reasons why I can get into trouble for this.  Dr. Baerlocher & Dr. Detsky discuss why doctors shouldn’t blog in this article – “Online medical blogging: don’t do it!” CMAJ 2008;179(3):292. The authors point out three issues: professionalism, freedom of speech and self-protectionism.

Professionalism. Don’t tell personal stories about patients as you risk eroding public trust not only in yourself but the institution and the people you work with.

Freedom of speech. While exercising this freedom, protect patient confidentiality by removing patient identifiers. It should be so that not only others but the patient himself, is unable to identify the person in the narrative.

Self-protectionism. No matter how harmless it may seem today, don’t write anything that you may regret in the future.

This post is a NOTE TO SELF to avoid these pitfalls. It is also a gentle reminder to others like myself who have taken the plunge in the blogosphere.