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Marino, Heather (2014) SOCIAL NETWORK SITES AS INFORMATIONAL SOURCES IN SURROGATE DECISION-MAKING. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Much has been said on the proposed use of social network sites (SNS) as informational sources in the surrogate decision-making process. Since it was suggested by Jessica Berg in her article, “Surrogate Decision Making in the Internet Age,” there has been a flurry of scholarly commentary debating the value of such information; considering the practicality and feasibility of its use; determining the myriad of ways social network sites could be involved in medical decision-making; and teasing out the possible moral concerns that arise out of the inclusion of information gleaned from SNS . This project critically analyzes the benefits and possible hazards of using social network profiles as informational sources for surrogate decision-making and outlines a framework within which one can evaluate the situational applicability of its use. Ultimately, I argue that in certain cases SNS are an appropriate and helpful informational source for use in surrogate decision-making. Furthermore, I argue that the information retrieved from SNS sites ought to be evaluated and considered in much the same way that other, more traditional sources of information are evaluated: for legitimacy, cogency, relevance, authenticity.. I discuss the clinical implementation of efforts to employ SNS in the decision-making process and the dilemma that this new endeavor may create. I also discuss possibilities for future research into the practice of using SNS as informational sources for surrogate decision-making.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Marino, Heatherham61@pitt.eduHAM61
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMeisel, Alanmeisel@pitt.eduMEISEL
Committee MemberWicclair, Markwicclair@pitt.eduWICCLAIR
Committee MemberLyne, Johnjlyne@pitt.eduJLYNE
Date: 4 September 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 30 May 2014
Approval Date: 4 September 2014
Submission Date: 14 July 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 85
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Bioethics
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: surrogate, surrogate decision-making, social networking, social media, morality, bioethics, end of life, autonomy, capacity, nonmaleficence, justice, competence, Facebook, Myspace, best interest, subjective standard, substituted judgement
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2014 20:37
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:22


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