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Developing social media guidelines for undergraduate pharmacy students.

Brown, Alyson; MacLure, Katie

Authors

Alyson Brown

Katie MacLure



Abstract

Background: Literature suggests that undergraduate (UG) healthcare students should have social media (SoMe) guidelines that support their context as future professionals. Guidelines may address the blurred lines between professional and personal use of SoMe which have led to confusion over potential fitness to practise (FtP) consequences from inappropriate online behaviours. Methods: An online survey was sent to MPharm students in 22 institutions across UK and Ireland. Questions explored the definition of eprofessionalism, characteristics of appropriate/inappropriate online behaviour, consequences of inappropriate behaviours, content and delivery of SoMe guidelines. Results: A total of 341 students from all MPharm stages responded representing all areas of the UK and Ireland. Although respondents agreed with the definition of eprofessionalism, there was a perceived need for the definition to be more 'usable', with a need to update terminology. Whilst there was agreement on what behaviours were 'appropriate', there was little consensus on what the consequences of 'inappropriate' behaviours should be. Students do not readily use SoMe guidelines but suggest they should be accessible with a variety of methods used to engage students effectively. Conclusion: There remains a lack of awareness of the potential consequences for inappropriate online behaviours. Guidelines should include examples of appropriate and inappropriate behaviours with discussion of the potential FtP consequences.

Citation

BROWN, A. and MACLURE, K. 2018. Developing social media guidelines for undergraduate pharmacy students. Presented at the 78th International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) world congress of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences (FIP 2018), 2-6 September 2018, Glasgow, UK.

Presentation Conference Type Poster
Conference Name 78th International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) world congress of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences (FIP 2018)
Start Date Sep 2, 2018
End Date Sep 6, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 18, 2019
Keywords Undergraduate healthcare students; SoMe; Social media guidelines; eProfessionalism; Fitness to practice
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/249007

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