People like to say that things were a lot easier in the past. Even going to the doctor. The patient got there and described what ailed him; the physician determined the right treatment, told the patient and subsequently administered the treatment. Today it seems that physicians and patients frequently irritate each other. The patient visits the doctor, receives her diagnosis – and vehemently objects. After all, she knows exactly what ails her, because she has researched online before coming to the doctor. Compliments of “Dr. Google“.
It is hard to separate the wheat from the chaff
If you want to get information about symptoms when you are sick, you typically search the Internet. The problem: a search engine delivers a results page that’s sorted by keywords and not by how reputable the information is. What’s more, a symptom like headaches for example, can have many different causes, ranging from stress all the way to a brain tumor. That’s why the information actually doesn’t usually help the patient much without an accurate diagnosis. If you want to be sure, that a website is at least based on reliable information, you can look for the HONcode of the Health on the Net Foundation or call up the websites of patient guides. Their lists of links are generally certified and lead to reputable sites. However, truly valuable information is only a given when you discuss the research results with an expert. And this continues to be the respective medical specialist.