The Rules of Slack
here is the current list of rules for using slack to learn psychopharmacology. feel free to suggest more or to suggest edits.
# always provide evidence to support your views
evidence doesn’t have to be a citation in the literature. it could be that you’ve found in your own clinical practice that low dose naltrexone helps for breakthrough depression, even though there is only 1 study that tentatively supports this.
# be specific
if you are citing your own clinical experience as evidence, don’t say what i said above about low dose naltrexone. say, i have used low dose naltrexone for breakthrough depression for 8 patients and 6 of them have responded in the following ways…
# no patient-sensitive data.
Slack is HIPAA compliant. however, patient-sensitive data should not be entered. if you have a patient who is 82-years-old, say, “elderly.” of you have a patient named, Mr. Jones, say, Mr. X
any member of our Slack channel who uses patient-sensitive information will be terminated from the team and be solely responsible for any medical-legal consequences.
# use two-factor authentication.
even though you will not be inputting patient-sensitive data and Slack is HIPAA compliant, given that Trump won the election, you can never be too paranoid. You must turn on two-factor authentication from within your account to be a member
any member of our Slack channel who does not use two-factor information will be terminated from the team and be solely responsible for any medical-legal consequences.
# anything you learn on Slack Clinical Psychopharmacology can be shared
you can’t share threads with non-members but you can share the things you learn through any other mechanism or medium that you like.
# use credentials not titles
it’s useful to share your training background e.g. md, rn, pn, patient veruss a title, which would be something like emeritus professor of x.
*if you’d like to see the number of members of Slack Clinical Psychopharmacology, go to the analytics page @ https://opensourcepsychiatry.slack.com/admin/stats
# don’t create unnecessary threads
if there has already been a post on the use of benzodiazepines in the elderly population and you have an additional question, don’t start a new slack thread. go back to the old thread and post a new question.
to learn how, click on this hyperlink: https://get.slack.help/hc/en-us/articles/115000769927-message-threads
# before asking a question about how to use Slack, 1) take their intro tutorial again; 2) ask the Slackbot; 3) make sure if you’re using a browser that it’s firefox; 4) query google with the question + the key word, “slack”
# don’t delete your messages, if possible
rather than deleting your messages, slack gives you the ability edit your message any time. for example, if you asked a question about a patient on 80 mg of fluoxetine and then realized 2 hours later that you had mistakenly posted 40 mg of fluoxetine, go back and edit your initial posting rather than making a new posting as an amendment.
# don’t be mean
# always ask
the more questions you ask, the more we learn. even a question you think is “stupid” or too basic is likely more than any of us can answer with significant confidence e.g. how do SSRIs work? maybe through 1 of more of the > than 10 serotonin receptor systems, maybe through epigenetic changes, maybe through cellular changes = we don’t know.