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Title : Social Networking Experiences on Facebook pertaining to Accountability and E-Professionalism: A future perspective
Authors : Wajiha Iffat, Sadia Shakeel, Saima Naseem, Abdur Rasheed
Abstract : The present study was planned to investigate students‘ Facebook activity and opinions regarding accountability and e-professionalism. A cross sectional study was conducted from Oct‘2013 till Jan‘2014. The study population includes the students enrolled in MBBS, BDS and Pharm.D program belonging to different institutes of Karachi. Descriptive statistics were determined to illustrate participant‘s characteristics and their response to the questionnaire items, following a presentation regarding potential e-professionalism issues with Facebook. Logistic regression model was used to evaluate the association of gender, institute and bachelor program of students with their response. It revealed that 84.2% of the students were aware of the privacy settings available in Face book and 81.8% uses them to limit public access to their information. Male students belonging to private sector are more likely aware of privacy settings available in Facebook. It is necessitating for young generation to be more aware of online professionalism for gearing up their careers as healthcare providers.

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