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Post by daniel

if you get a health problem do you tend to try and self diagnose? question is what do you do next?

Patients increasingly using the internet to self-diagnose, doctors warn

THREE quarters of doctors have seen a “marked increase” in the number of patients using the internet to self-diagnose themselves in the last year, a study has found.

A survey of 300 GPs across the UK revealed 76 per cent had seen a rise in people going online to research suspected conditions before visiting a doctor.

Experts have warned the growth of online data and popularity of health apps on smartphones and tablets are making people “unnecessarily worried”.

One in five said they had seen an increase in the number of patients presenting data generated from health apps and smart devices during appointments, while 15 per cent had seen a rise in patients showing the results of privately paid-for genetic tests. Four in five GPs said that they would struggle to trust its accuracy unless it was validated and from a reliable source.

Professor Lionel Tarassenko, a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Medical Sciences, said: “Digital health technology is rapidly changing the dynamic between patients and healthcare professionals. With the rise of smartphones, more and more of us are carrying devices in our pockets that can generate huge amounts of data about our health in just seconds.”

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