Has Dr. Google given your patient cancer? What are your thoughts on patients "googling"?Created by:
I found this article on my MIMS feed and found the views of different doctors very interesting. I have heard of patients who complained of a headache and after googling their symptoms they had brain cancer. There was another one who was scratched by his pet cat, googled this problem, diagnosed himself with Cat-Scratch Disease, got a headache, googled it again and then diagnosed himself with meningoencephalitis all in one day from the scratch.
We need to understand that our patients aren't health care professionals and did not go through the years of study or training. Google will give them rare diseases or the worst outcomes and they will believe it. Fortunately after doing so they would come to you and seek for your consult. It is when they self-diagnose and self-treat it would be a problem. I don't discourage learning more about their health and any disease they may have but the need to advise our patients to not self-treat is vital.
Regarding the article linked below, "What doctors have to say about ‘Dr Google’" comes the question "Are physicians okay with patients consulting Dr. Google?" I am ok with patients googling but I would like them to get physically checked up and treated.
What are your thoughts and concerns about "googling"?