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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Googling Diagnosis

Today, Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio had an interesting segment discussing patient use of the internet to help with diagnosis and to research their physicians.  It contains some interesting discussion of how doctors are responding to patients who come into their offices with information obtained from the internet.  The show's summary states,

A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project gives a glimpse of some of that change. It studies people with disabilities and chronic conditions, who are some of the most avid users of Internet health sites. Fewer of them go online than the overall population, probably because many are elderly, a group that is still less likely to use the Internet. But when people with disabilities and chronic conditions do use the Internet, they are more likely than other users to look up health information and use that knowledge to question a doctor, manage pain or change the way they cope with a chronic condition.

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