Society for Vascular Surgery best practice recommendations for use of social media

J Vasc Surg. 2021 Dec;74(6):1783-1791.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2021.08.073. Epub 2021 Oct 19.


The use of social media (SoMe) in medicine has demonstrated the ability to advance networking among clinicians and other healthcare staff, disseminate research, increase access to up-to-date information, and inform and engage medical trainees and the public at-large. With increasing SoMe use by vascular surgeons and other vascular specialists, it is important to uphold core tenets of our commitment to our patients by protecting their privacy, encouraging appropriate consent and use of any patient-related imagery, and disclosing relevant conflicts of interest. Additionally, we recognize the potential for negative interactions online regarding differing opinions on optimal treatment options for patients. The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is committed to supporting appropriate and effective use of SoMe content that is honest, well-informed, and accurate. The Young Surgeons Committee of the SVS convened a diverse writing group of SVS members to help guide novice as well as veteran SoMe users on best practices for advancing medical knowledge-sharing in an online environment. These recommendations are presented here with the goal of elevating patient privacy and physician transparency, while also offering support and resources for infrequent SoMe users to increase their engagement with each other in new, virtual formats.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Attitude to Computers
  • Benchmarking
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Consensus
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent / standards
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / standards*
  • Scholarly Communication / standards*
  • Social Media / standards*
  • Societies, Medical
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures / standards*