New-age patient communications through social networks

Kelin M. Ogburn, Erick Messias, Peter F. Buckley

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Suicide prevention continues to be a significant clinical challenge in the care of psychiatric patients, particularly among youth. New patterns of interactions and communications using online social networks create opportunities for persons to indicate their mood, their opinions, and also to express ideation and plans about suicide. We report a case of a suicide attempt and how communications through online social networks initiated treatment and affected its outcome. We discuss advantages and challenges to clinicians regarding use social networks and electronic communication in patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200.e1-200.e3
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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