Degree Name

Master of Science

Department or Program

Mass Communication and Media Arts


Xie, Wenjing


Social media presents a new tool for healthcare provider to connect with and interact with their patients outside of the traditional means. Healthcare providers must take care to use this growing platform as a means to connect but avoid privacy and ethical violations that may cross the boundary of provider-patient relationships. This paper examines and analyzes the use of social media both by healthcare providers and patients and the limitations imposed by legal and ethical barriers to its wide acceptance and utilization.