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Amy Dunbar, OB-GYN, In Hot Water After Posting Comment About Patient On Facebook (PHOTO)

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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Amy Dunbar, OB-GYN, In Hot Water After Posting Comment About Patient On Facebook (PHOTO)

An OB-GYN in St. Louis is under fire after posting a Facebook status about one of her patients. According to KMOV, Amy Dunbar, a physician at Mercy Hospital, was so frustrated with an expecting mother's lateness that she ranted about it online.

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When others urged her to cancel her patient's induction, she added in the comments that she "put up" with this behavior because of a prior stillbirth. Though Dunbar didn't reveal the patient's name, controversy erupted after someone posted a screenshot of the status and the comments to the hospital's "Mercy Moms To Be" Facebook page.

Heather Tiedemann was appalled by Dunbar's behavior and posted a comment on the Facebook page:

She should not be allowed to work with patients if she callously talks about them on her own facebook page... As a woman who has had a full term still birth if I found out my doctor was posting that information on her page and other doctors were joking about it I would go straight to the top of hospital leadership to ensure this doctor was fired.

More than 50 people have "liked" Tiedemann's post, but another commenter Kerry Ann Colombo defended Dunbar stating, that she is an "amazing" doctor who "bends over backwards" for her patients. "If someone is seriously THAT late to all of their appointments I think making a sarcastic remark on facebook is no big deal in the scheme of things!" Colombo wrote.

Dunbar remains on staff, despite calls for her firing, and the hospital posted the following on Facebook:

"Our physician leadership has already called Dr. Dunbar. Her comments were definitely inappropriate. We are also reviewing them to determine if they violated privacy issues, etc. That process requires a more thorough review, but we will determine the appropriate response as quickly as possible. In the meantime, know that our physician organization holds its members to the highest standards and strives to improve our service and clinical care through that process."

In 2011, the Boston Globe reported on previous cases where healthcare professionals have gotten into trouble for posting information about their patients on Facebook and noted that some hospitals have begun to take precautionary measures. The Children's Hospital Boston, for example, published a six-page social media policy for its staff.

Bradley H. Crotty, a physician who has studied the use of social media in health care, told the Globe that if there's any question whether something is appropriate to share, it's better not to risk it. “We first have to put ourselves in the shoes of the patient we may be discussing and then reflect if what we’re saying is appropriate," he said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/amy-dunbar-obgyn_n_2630823.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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I don't see what the big deal is, the patient is not named.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Feb. 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM
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Quoting Sisteract:

 that if there's any question whether something is appropriate to share, it's better not to risk it.


Agreed.

Why share professional info on your personal FB page?

People talk about work all of the time.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Feb. 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM
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Just because you can, doesn't mean that you should, IMO.

I have never said one word about my job on FB-

Quoting futureshock:


Quoting Sisteract:

 that if there's any question whether something is appropriate to share, it's better not to risk it.


Agreed.

Why share professional info on your personal FB page?

People talk about work all of the time.


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Feb. 8, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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Meh, she did not name the patient. 

I can imagine it is frustrating when a patient is continually late, lacks in the ability to communicate and perhaps the doc was fed up.

soonergirl980
by Silver Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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I don't see what the big deal is there is no "information" about her patient she's not giving out names or even private information. She is just showing how inconsiderate that person is of other people time.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Feb. 8, 2013 at 5:02 PM


Quoting Sisteract:

Just because you can, doesn't mean that you should, IMO.

I have never said one word about my job on FB-

Quoting futureshock:


Quoting Sisteract:

 that if there's any question whether something is appropriate to share, it's better not to risk it.


Agreed.

Why share professional info on your personal FB page?

People talk about work all of the time.


She should have refrained.  I agree.

But firing her, I think is going a bit too far, if that should turn out to be the case.  

ElitestJen
by Silver Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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Ahhh...the society of entitlement.  Where we can misbehave and never fear being held accountable.  We can throw temper tantrums and demand our way and the person that stands up to us gets punished.  And we think banning guns is the answer....

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 5:06 PM
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She was just venting, no differently than any of us do in our work.  But remember, that Facebook is NOT your personal friend.  You are publishing your rants for the world to see (even on private).  Anyone with minor skills can access anything you ever put in writing on the web.


Keep your business to yourself. 

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 5:09 PM
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I have a couple of friends who are physicians that can't be easily identified on the FB pages. They vent a lot.

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