Is it okay for your doctor to use Google search as part of his/her practice? Well, it has caused a furor in certain parts. There is an implied suggestion of incompetence over the process. But do you really think so? I mean if I don’t know how to solve a case and try to get help, it means I am competent enough to recognize when I need help. It also shows that curing a patient is uppermost on the doctor’s mind.
A recent study in Australia has actually approved of the practice in difficult cases. Using 26 difficult diagnostic cases published in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors from Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital Googled three to five symptoms from each case. And guess what? There was a significant improvement in diagnosis using the search engine! Desicritics.org reports:
The controversy seems needless considering the larger trends that have been occurring in Western Medical Practice. The two trillion dollar U.S Health industry is increasingly forcing financially overburdened Americans to seek other avenues for their health procedures. The internet has opened their eyes to the possibility of affordable health care in foreign destinations, India being a particular hot spot.