Thursday, 7 September 2017

Dos And Don’ts Of Medical Information Online

Often doctors might say internet is the boon and the bane of their existence, given that patients Google their symptoms and often decide that is wrong with them all by themselves. It not only negates what a doctor has to say, it is also a gross error to diagnose oneself if they are not professionals. Patients often take it to entering their symptoms and landing up on the page that Google will direct them to. This leads to the conclusions they may draw from whatever is mentioned on the page. While Google has been friend and more in last few years, it is more or less a troublemaker when people use it without making much heads and tails of the situation and the medical jargons they may come across. The best thing to do is to educate yourself on how to search for the right information online to avoid waste of time and pointless panicking

Use the right keywords

1)    Choose only trustworthy websites

There are quite a few websites offering medical information to unsuspecting patients. Most of these are people who have been researching information online. Some on the other hand come from trusted sources like doctors and other medical professionals. Choose websites that offer information supplied by doctors.

2)    Avoid advises from other patients

There are many forums where patients often give out advises and narrate their experiences. It’s best to take everything with a pinch of salt. No two patients are alike, neither are their problems or issues. What works for them may not work for you. Draw your own inferences and seek out a doctor rather than rely on their advice.

3)    Interact with doctors online

The doctors who have their own websites are answers via forum are some of the best people you can rely on for medical advises. However no prescriptions can be given out on internet. This often warrants a visit to the doctor. It’s always in your best interest to set up an appointment rather than follow online advice.

4)    Book yourself an appointment online

Booking an appointment with a doctor of your choice is easier than you think. The doctors utilize the power of internet and booking an appointment with them is just a click away. You can use the websites that cater to such activities or simply log in to their website for this purpose.