Thursday, July 31, 2008

Online info has patients doubting doctors, survey finds

Online info has patients doubting doctors, survey finds: " NEW YORK - A new survey reveals that 85.6 million U.S. adults have doubted the opinion of their doctors or other medical professionals when it conflicts with information found online. That number represents about 38 percent of the population."

If doctors provided reliable medical information online themselves, then there would be no reason for adults to doubt them. It's because doctors do not take a proactive approach towards online patient education, that many of these conflicts arise. The danger is that some people will end up putting their faith in a website run by a quack, rather than a reputed doctor !

NB - I find it hard to understand how they came up with exact number ! I'd doubt it's accuracy !

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