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Experts: Internet Helpful, But Not a Replacement for Doctors

One wag who sent me this noted that it was not very likely that doctors would think that they were replaceable by the Internet, or any one else for that matter. He suggested that a survey of wives or husbands might find that they didn’t think that they could be replaced either….

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lisa marie
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for me, i still believe in doctors not in internet because in doctors we can be sure and we can talk to them anytime.

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The internet, when utilized with a competent user, may not replace a doctor, but certainly has the ability to compliment or supplement the particular treatment of such a patient.

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The headline begs a question: how many physician visits are unnecessary in the first place? The reality is that physicians are so far out of the loop on our evolving but not life threatening medical problems, and so inaccessible, that the ability of patients and families to find answers to $200 questions themselves is a boon to everyone. No-one disputes the highly variable quality of “information” on the Internet, which is why trusted sources play such an important filtering and validating role. We will continue to rely on physicians’ wisdom and judgment. Perhaps we will learn to make better use… Read more »

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Should Cancer Patients Do Their Own Research? The Internet Savvy Cancer Patient An oncologist faces many challenges, the greatest of which is helping patients fight daily battles against cancer that are not always won. However, widespread patient exposure to Internet technology can sometimes become another source of frustration for an oncologist. Properly managed, however, the net-savvy cancer patient can be a time-saving asset. A number of studies have shown that a more educated patient is a more compliant patient. What is essential is effective communication between provider and patient that can prevent miseducation and misunderstanding. As patients with cancer launch… Read more »