Pitfalls Of Getting Medical Info On The Internet
with Lisa Gualtieri Professor Tufts University Medical School
very common to go online to get health information from the Internet, particularly
when you're sick because you want to know what's wrong with you before you go
to the doctor - but that can cause a problem.
People are not talking with their doctors about what they find
online and in some cases are actually using the information that they find to
determine how current their physician's knowledge is.
Gualtieri, Adjunct Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, says you
can get yourself all worked up over nothing by doing that.
advice for patients is that it's fine to go online but make sure that you're using
credible, reliable information and talk to your doctor about what you find online
and especially about any concerns you have about what you've read.
why aren't people talking with their doctor about the information they find on
think people feel very concerned about, " I don't have very much time, I
shouldn't be talking about this." And also many people are not comfortable
talking about it or they don't know how to bring it up - but some of the responsibility
lies with the doctors to ask.
what are the best websites for credible health information?
best sites that I know of are the ones that come from the government; the CDC,
the NIH or the ones that come from specific organizations like the American Cancer
Society, the American Heart Association.
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I'm Mike Carruthers and that's Something You Should Know.