How Much Should We Trust Doctor Google?
Got a cough that just won’t go away? A sore tummy? Potentially cancerous mole? Second head growing from your collarbone? You should probably see a doctor, but a lot of us are more likely to try Doctor Google, stick our symptoms into the search bar and ask the wider world of the world wide web what’s wrong with us.
New research finds that ‘Google’s health-related searches amount to approximately 70,000 every minute.’ and about ‘close to 40 per cent of Australians look for online health information to self-treat.’ – but just how accurate is the information that’s out there?
We were joined by Michella Hill, lead author of a study assessing the quality of diagnosis and triage provide by online symptom checkers from Edith Cowan University.