Physicians' worst online behavior: 6 details

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Twenty-two percent of physicians said inappropriate behavior outside the workplace has increased in the past five years, according to Medscape's new report, "Physicians Behaving Badly: Has It Gotten Worse?"

Medscape surveyed more than 2,000 physicians for a report on the extent and nature of bad behavior among physicians in the past five years. 

Here are six key details on physicians' online behavior:

1. Average number of instances of inappropriate behavior by physicians seen on social media: 8

2. Inappropriate acts online

  • Making inappropriate comments about themselves, friends, politics, etc.: 80 percent
  • Posting inappropriate pictures of themselves unrelated to patients: 39 percent
  • Posting inappropriate comments about patients: 31 percent
  • Posting sexualy suggestive material: 21 percent
  • Posting inappropriate pictures of patients: 13 percent
  • None of the above: 4 percent

3. Where most instances of inappropriate behavior occur

  • Facebook: 54 percent
  • Instagram: 19 percent
  • None: 13 percent
  • Twitter: 8 percent
  • TikTok: 2 percent 
  • Snapchat: 2 percent 
  • Other: 1 percent

4. Thirty-one percent of surveyed physicians said inappropriate behavior in the workplace has decreased, while 12 percent said it has increased.

5. Twenty-two percent of surveyed physicians said inappropriate behavior outside the workplace has increased, while 15 percent said it has decreased.  

6. Thirty-three percent of those surveyed said physicians most commonly misbehave on social media. 

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