We checked this guideline and decided that it should be updated. The update of the guideline on colorectal cancer (NICE guideline CG131) will include areas covered by the guideline on improving outcomes in colorectal cancer (NICE guideline CSG5) that have not been superseded by other NICE guidance.
With the successful control of many of the most serious occupational hazards to health, the focus of occupational medicine
in developed countries has shifted to other work related disorders that are rarely fatal but cause substantial disability.
This paper hypothesises that many of these disorders do not arise from detectable organic pathology, but rather are a psychologically
mediated response to triggering exposures that is conditioned by individual characteristics and cultural circumstances. If
correct, this has important implications for the way in which such illness should be managed and prevented. Proposals are
made for ways in which the hypothesis could be tested.
This guidance was released today in the UK and if you haven't read it, it comes into effect in April and essentially is saying: we are allowed to maintain private online social profiles but must be aware if patients can access these and how we handle it if they contact us; any opinions voiced we have to make it clear it is our own and conduct yourself online as you would face to face with regards to confidentiality and boundaries.
This is quite interesting for me, as in our medical school there have been select cases of social media being used in disciplinary processes and I know myself that some of the photos I had on Facebook (I have deleted it) were not exactly portraying myself as the 100% professional doctor the GMC would love me to be.
But then reading the guidance, it makes no mention of content from when you were younger. When I'm an F1 will anybody really care about the drunk photos of me from freshers week 6 years ago and will these be taken out of context? I get the impression most people won't, but some might.
I really think they should have put a summarising take-home message in there somewhere: don't take the p**s, think before you post, don't give out medical advice as anything but your opinion and you'll be fine.
Why you should worry about your future medical career right now, and what recourses can help you find a job if you are a med student in the UK or the US. Volunteering, part-timing, freelancing - it's up to you to decide.