Two in five people have incorrectly diagnosed themselves with & # 39; serious illnesses & # 39; after consultation with & # 39; Dr. Google & # 39; about their symptoms, finds new study
- A OnePoll survey of 2,000 people in the US found that 43% made a wrong diagnosis after searching their symptoms online
- The results of their searchers were inaccurate more than 60% of the time
- 74% of respondents said that their failed searches made them more concerned about their health than when they started Googling
Two in five Americans are wrongly convinced that they have a serious illness after turning to & # 39; Dr. Google & # 39; have used – according to new research.
A survey of 2,000 Americans showed that 43 percent had searched for their symptoms online and felt that they had a much more serious illness than in reality.
Sixty-five percent of respondents used the internet to diagnose themselves, but the results show that typing your symptoms in the search bar can do more harm than good.
Instead of addressing concerns, 74 percent of those who have been diagnosed online say that looking for their symptoms made them MORE worried about their health.
This may be due to Dr. Google's answers, since respondents found the medical advice from the internet to be reliable less than 40 percent of the time.
It's hard to resist the urge to resist Google's symptoms – but a new survey found that two in five Americans had self-diagnosed themselves and 40% were more stressed after searching
Commissioned by LetsGetChecked and conducted by OnePoll, the research found that web search is not everyone's first choice for a diagnosis – when respondents feel sick, half (51 percent) say they first turn to a healthcare provider .
At the same time, a quarter of the respondents (26 percent) have no doctor in primary care and six in 10 avoid actively visiting the doctor.
This avoidance is partly due to the cost of medical care (47 percent), the doctor (s) they don't believe when they talk about symptoms (37 percent) and have no time to go to an appointment (37 percent).
But the survey also found a number of factors that would encourage respondents to see a professional, including explaining results in a logical way (47 percent), cheaper care (46 percent) and whether it fits in better with their schedule (43 per cent).
That comes on top of the ability to choose which parts of their health they can test (41 percent) and doing tests at home (38 percent).
& # 39; This survey shows us that a significant number of people live with constant, negative daily symptoms that they don't understand or misunderstand, "said Robert Mordkin, medical director of LetsGetChecked.
& # 39; Many of these symptoms can be associated with thyroid problems. & # 39;
Dr. Mordkin added: Although educating yourself can be a good thing, it is important to test objectively. One way to do this is with home health tests that allow for greater convenience, flexibility and peace of mind.
WHAT WOULD RESPONDENTS ENCOURAGE TO GET MEDICAL CARE?
Have results explained in a way that makes sense
Less expensive care
If it fits better in their schedule:
The ability to choose which parts of their health they can test
Test at home:
LetsGetChecked hopes to ease the public battle with diagnosis by including two types of thyroid tests as part of their offer. & # 39;
Prior to Thyroid Awareness Month, the survey looked to see how well-informed respondents were about the human body through a series of multiple choice questions.
Sixty-eight percent believed they had body knowledge – but that was not necessarily supported by the results.
When asked where the thyroid gland was, only 45 percent answered correctly (the base of the neck, along the windpipe). The most popular incorrect answer? Behind the ribs and below the heart, with 11 percent.
Twenty-two percent mistakenly believed that the thyroid gland was part of the respiratory system, rather than the endocrine system (37 percent answered correctly).
The piece of information that respondents most likely knew about the thyroid gland was its function, but even then less than half (46 percent) knew that the thyroid gland produces and stores a variety of hormones.
& # 39; It is alarming that more than half of American adults turn to Google to find out more about their symptoms. The fact that it can take weeks or months to see a doctor emphasizes the need for better solutions for testing, managing and knowing your health, & # 39; concluded Dr. Mordkin of LetsGetChecked.
& # 39; At home, health testing can enable people to test their health according to their schedule and receive ongoing clinical support, providing a more solid solution than by trusting Google for all answers. & # 39;
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