Over to you: Online self-diagnosis – dangerous, inevitable, or both?

2013-03-19 Over to you Online self-diagnosis...

A blog post at The Healthcare Marketer caught my eye last week. It highlighted an infographic called, “Dangers of Online Self-Diagnosis” (see below)

The title of that blog post, however, was “The Inevitability of Online Self-Diagnosis”. The author argued that while the information in the infographic is important and relevant, it is misleading, possibly because it was published by an insurance company.

Flaws aside, it’s common knowledge that patients are going online for health care information, and are using that information to help make self-diagnoses. Check out some of the statistics:

 Now it’s over to you:

  • Do you believe that the benefits of online self-diagnosis outweigh the risks? Or vice versa?
  • Have you ever gone online to self-diagnose, or find health care information for yourself or a loved one?
  • If you’re a health care provider, how does this affect how you provide care for your patients?
  • As online self-diagnosis becomes more common, do we need to change the way we do things, both as providers and patients? If so, what changes are needed?

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One Response to “Over to you: Online self-diagnosis – dangerous, inevitable, or both?”

  1. Jen Hiebert
    March 22, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Great post and infographic. I am very interested in the phenomenon of ‘dr. google’. I myself have turned to the internet to find information regarding self-management support or alternative treatment options. I typically am only doing this once I have received a diagnosis as I prefer not to over-medicate. I do google symptoms for my children quite frequently though it usually results in panicking me and seeking advice from a doctor!

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