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Searching Dr. Google: How to Talk to Your Doc About Online Health Info

Searching Dr. Google: How to Talk to Your Doc About Online Health Info:


Many current-generation patients prefer to collaborate with their doctors.

The minute we have an ache or a pain or are given a new diagnosis, many of us turn to Dr. Google. Unfortunately the Internet is littered with people and companies that may improperly interpret or manipulate research and lead us to useless or harmful remedies. I am a huge proponent of arming yourself with as much knowledge as possible, which a huge part of the caregiver role.{EQ}


You might try to send this new information to the doctor in advance
of your next appointment.  Since no one can be expected to be current on
every last piece of research, this approach should allow the doctor
time to discern whether the information is relevant to your particular

Here are tips for engaging your doctor:

  • Rather than challenging him, explain that you found something
    interesting online and wondered what he thinks about it.  Your tone
    should impart respect for his expertise
  • If you can’t get the information to your doctor ahead of time, bring it with you and make a follow-up appointment to discuss it.
Present research from verifiable sources. Web sites dedicated to the
disease in question and run by nonprofits, such as those of the
Arthritis Foundation or the American Heart Association,  tend to be
accurate and informative; I recommend you start with those.{EQ}