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Applied Ethics in Mental Health CareAn Interdisciplinary Reader$
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Dominic A. Sisti, Arthur L. Caplan, and Hila Rimon-Greenspan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019682

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019682.001.0001

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Professional Boundaries in the Era of the Internet

Professional Boundaries in the Era of the Internet

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(p.371) 25 Professional Boundaries in the Era of the Internet
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Applied Ethics in Mental Health Care
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Glen O. Gabbard

Kristin A. Kassaw

Gonzalo Perez-Garcia

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019682.003.0025

The era of the Internet presents new dilemmas in educating psychiatrists about professional boundaries. The objective of this overview is to clarify those dilemmas and offer recommendations for dealing with them. The characteristics of social networking sites, blogs, and search engines are reviewed with a specific focus on their potential to present problems of professional boundaries for psychiatrists. The professional boundary questions that have arisen in the expanded world of online communication can be subdivided into three areas: ethical concerns, professionalism issues, and clinical dilemmas. Guidelines are proposed to manage the alteration of professional boundaries, as well as issues of professionalism and clinical work, that have arisen from the complexities of cyberspace. The author discusses implications for residency training.

Keywords:   Internet, Boundaries, Psychiatry, Ethics

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