Pediatric surgeons and whatsapp: First impressions of daily use of instantaneous messaging software in pediatric surgery Çocuk cerrahlari ve whatsapp: Anlik mesajlasma yaziliminin çocuk cerrahisinde günlük kullanimi ile ilgili ilk izlenimler

EMRE Ş., ÖZCAN R., CelayIr A., CelayIr S.

Cocuk Cerrahisi Dergisi, vol.31, no.3, pp.89-94, 2017 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.5222/jtaps.2017.089
  • Title of Journal : Cocuk Cerrahisi Dergisi
  • Page Numbers: pp.89-94


2017 © Logos Medical Publishing. All Rights Reserved.Aim: WhatsApp, a instantaneous communication software program has been instrumental in medical professionals' daily routines. Apart from WhatsApp's many advantages, some potential risks in its use for medical purposes exist. Here, we investigated WhatsApp use among pediatric surgeons in terms of daily social and medical life routines and opinions about its risks. Material and Methods: Using a questionnaire comprising 10 main queries, we questioned the participants' attitudes about WhatsApp use. Age; sex; professional status; type of working hospital; social media and method of WhatsApp use, opinions, and future expectations regarding the advantages and disadvantages of using this program were inquired. SPSS 22.0 was used for statistical data analysis. Results: Fifty-two pediatric surgeons responded the questions (29 M, 23 F). The main advantages noted by the parti-cipants were easy communication, and facilitated consultation among colleagues (n:42), group messaging and short briefing about the patients (n:34), and instant sharing of medical images (n:28). The main disadvantages were time loss (n:14); medical, ethical, and legal risks (n:13), and potential privacy act infringement (n:12). Conclusion: WhatsApp use has established an important place in pediatric surgeons' daily routines. However, many pediatric surgeons disregard some of the potential risks.