What to Do When Nearly All of Online Health Information is Wrong

If you’re a current health professional – a nurse, pharmacist or physician – who cares for patients, you’re aware of the new physician in town: Dr. Google. The ability to access the internet has grown tremendously in the 21st century to the point where almost everyone living in developed countries own or have access to a phone or computer and most people use the internet to look for online health information (OHI).

Although on the surface this might seem like a good thing, we professionals often see the drawbacks of this progression. If those drawbacks lead to negative health outcomes you obviously can’t sue Dr.Google for malpractice. As we’ll see in this article, internet users should be aware of the real risks associated with online health information (OHI) and therefore should take specific precautions when searching the web for any health related issue.

Who’s searching internet for OHI and what are they looking for?

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