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How to reliably use Dr Google

By Andrew Pennington 1 min read
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Q: We all love Dr Google, but are there any websites you can recommend for us to obtain medical information?

The best place to get trusted medical advice is from your doctor. I don’t have any problems with patients searching through Google about their medical issues or symptoms as long as they then discuss their concerns with their doctor. Your doctor can help you sift through any misinformation on the internet to ensure the information you have googled is credible. A doctor is also able to physically examine you and, if required, refer you to an appropriate specialist for further diagnostic advice, which Google cannot.

If you want to look at a website, check that it comes from a university, hospital or government as these sites are more likely to have credible medical information.

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Any advice given is general in nature and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice and must not be relied upon as such. For any healthcare advice, always consult a healthcare practitioner.

Andrew Pennington is a GP with Sanctuary Lifestyle Clinic.