Your say: Does your GP do this? 142



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One morning I woke up with an unusual rash on my torso, it wasn’t anywhere else on my body. I was very confused about where it could have come from so I went to my GP. After looking at me and doing the routine blood pressure check he told me, “you definitely have a rash”… Thanks Doctor! I looked at him waiting to find out the rest of his diagnosis but instead he turned away from me and tapped on his computer keyboard. He then pulled up Google images to view a few different types of rashes and based on what the images looked like and what I looked like, he gave me a diagnosis.

He had used Google for a diagnosis… And based on new research from the UK, it appears that he isn’t alone. You Gov, an international research firm has conducted a survey and found some interesting results about GPs using technology to diagnosis and manage their patients.

According to the Daily Mail, over half of GPs admit to using Wikipedia for patient diagnosis. Specialist websites are also used with over 80% of GPs admitting to using them too.

Different sides of medical experts have argued the case – some say that GPs are only using Wikipedia to trigger things like the names of conditions and be able to better explain the diagnosis to the patient. Whereas others were saying that this calls for international assessment of the resources our GPs are provided with.

Regardless of right or wrong it makes us think… Do we trust our GPs and the information they give us – from the internet or their own knowledge? 

Do you think GPs should be allowed to do this? Does it make you feel differently about your GP? 

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  1. Not mine either. We have the best most caring GP you can ever have. So much like the family dr/friend we grew up knowing. Very hard to find these days.

  2. I was gobsmacked when a locus did this. I’d already checked Dr Google. We got the same diagnosis. My regular doctor tells me to stay away from Dr Google because I frighten myself with horrific diagnoseses.

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    • My GP says the same. But we have a laugh because he knows I will consult Dr Google either before or after my GP visit.

  3. A number of doctors I have encountered recently dont seem to know much . They dont seem to know how to diagnose and all they want to do is give you pills whether you need them or not. This is our health they are playing around with.

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    • Totally agree with you Kathy. When my children were growing up we had a family Dr that did everything. We rarely where given tablets and never saw a specialist. Now we relocated to Tweed Heads and of cause we are now turned 60. The Dr’s here cannot diagnose, just want to write a script or send you on to an expensive specialist at the drop of a hat. It’s just money spinning as far as I am concerned.

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