Patients turn to internet for diagnosis

Embarrassed patients turn to internet for self-diagnosis

Patients who are too embarrassed to visit the doctor about their ailments are turning to the internet for medical advice.

Over 2,000 people were polled by UKTV style and the results revealed adults avoided the doctor’s surgery for diagnosis for fear of embarrassment about their condition.

The poll showed 30% of those surveyed attempted to diagnose themselves by assessing their symptoms online, whilst more than one in ten admitted buying medication online and 13% said they had ‘consulted’ a professional in the medical field on the internet.

Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the British Medical Association’s GPs’ Committee, warned against self-diagnosis through using the internet saying: ‘The person on the other end may not be a doctor. That’s very dangerous.’

Instead he suggested asking to see the same doctor for each appointment, to avoid embarrassment during physical examinations. ‘Most GPs are sensitive to the needs of patients who have got something awkward to say.’

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