A study finds that most cancer patients who discuss online health information with their doctors are seeking insight into the data. Researchers offered ideas for responding to patients who bring up such online data.
When researchers asked the 145 survey respondents about why they discussed online health information with their doctors, they found that:
37% said they wanted to learn more about a condition or treatment;
19% said they sought their physician’s opinion or advice about the online information;
13% said they wanted to manage their doctor’s impression of them or be seen as an active patient;
13% said they sought to test their physician’s knowledge or find out why their physician’s advice differed from the online information; and
10% said they wanted to verify the accuracy of the online information
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