The AMA seeks to combat health professionals who spread misinformation

In the face of doctors and other medical professionals who spread misinformation and lies during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Medical Association has adopted a policy to combat misinformation and hold those responsible accountable to their professional committees.

False confessions made by healthcare professionals can be directly linked to the promotion of unproven treatment for COVID-19, misrepresentation of vaccine side effects, and evidence-based public health guidelines. The root of the problem is linked to a dozen people who received nearly two-thirds of their social media posts against vaccines.

Because these people can benefit from misinformation, the AMA has said that the ability to deceive the person’s ability to find an audience and the public’s ability to benefit economically must be challenged.

“Physicians are a reliable source of information for patients and the public, but disseminating the misinformation of a few has implications for the entire profession and causes harm,” AMA President Gerald E. Harmon, MD, said in a statement. “Physicians have an ethical and professional responsibility to share truthful information, to correct misleading and misleading information, and to direct people to reliable sources of health information. “Although we will undo the damage caused by disinformation campaigns in the COVID-19 pandemic, we can now act to help spread the misinformation in the future.”

The new policy calls on the AMA to work with health professional societies and other relevant organizations to establish a comprehensive strategy that includes the following priorities:

  • Keep the AMA as a reliable source of evidence-based information for physicians and patients,
  • Ensure that evidence-based medical and public health information is available by contacting publishers, research organizations, and the media to develop best practices for payment walls and prepress to improve access to evidence-based information and analysis.
  • Deal with information disseminated by healthcare professionals through social media platforms and earn money by spreading misinformation on social media platforms.
  • Educate health professionals and citizens on how to know and disseminate misinformation.
  • Recognize the role of societies of health professionals in acting as appropriate entities for the verification of health-related information disseminated by various media platforms.
  • Promote ongoing training to make it available to healthcare professionals who act as fact checkers to help spread health-related misinformation.
  • Ensure that licensing commissions are empowered to take disciplinary action against health care professionals for disseminating health-related misinformation and to confirm that all lectures used by a health care professional using their credentials are professional conduct and can be reviewed by licensed organizations.
  • Ensure that specialized committees are empowered to take action against the board certification of health professionals who disseminate health-related misinformation, and
  • Encourage state and local medical societies to participate in the elimination of misinformation in their jurisdictions.

The report says that social media platforms have increased their ability to spread misinformation. He concluded that tackling the misinformation spread by healthcare professionals, especially on social media, requires a three-pronged approach: not prioritizing misinformation on social media algorithms, confirming and empowering the role of reactive fact checking, and correcting incentive structures under healthcare professionals. disseminating health-related misinformation.

Originally published by our sister brand, Medical Economics.


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