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Article: How to talk to your doctor about information you find online

Discussion in 'Other health news and research' started by Andy, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member

    Hampshire, UK
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  2. Valentijn

    Valentijn Guest

    Alternative title: "How to kiss the ass of an egomaniac who has the power to make you suffer."

    Summary of their answer: "Don't try to have an opinion or understand the information yourself, just ask him to evaluate the information for you. Then he can explain why patients can't understand medical information from the internet, and teach you how to avoid the internet and stop worrying about your health."

    More seriously, it's pretty poor article, when it comes to patient empowerment:
    The doctor must remain in control:
    Gathering your online research is a great opportunity for the doctor to point you in the right direction, because obviously a lone patient on the internet will have gone in the wrong direction:
    There is absolutely no acknowledgement that the patient will often know more about their problems than the GP, nor any responsibility placed on the GP to seriously consider the information brought to them. The article basically just undermines the confidence of anyone trying to look into their own problems, whereas instructions on how to research symptoms while avoiding quack sites would have been much more helpful.
  3. Arnie Pye

    Arnie Pye Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    @Valentijn You'd get another 100 likes from me if it was possible, just for the first sentence of your post!
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