(WJBK) - If you're thinking about going to the doctor, it's tempting to do a search on the web about your symptoms. Does your Google search make your visit a little better or just irritate the doctor? Well, it depends on who you're asking.
New research out of Australia found that people who Googled health-related questions have a positive impact on their experience in emergency rooms.
The researchers surveyed 400 people last year and found 77 percent of patients who Googled their symptoms believed it helped them communicate more effectively with the doctors.
It helped patients ask more informed questions and better understand medical language when it was used. It's called “Dr. Google.”
Some doctors are skeptical about this study, though. They say people who Google their symptoms tend to look at the worst case scenario and then argue with their doctors about what they're suffering from. Doctors say “Dr. Google” can add to their workload because it can be difficult trying to explain why their Google findings may be wrong.
However, being an advocate of your own health is a good idea so the more information you have, the better.
If you are going to do a quick search on the web, always make sure you're reading a credible site.