Using online resources to self-diagnose could have negative consequences. A research study done by the Harvard medical school found that online resources supporting patient self-diagnosis often contain less than the highest standard of quality information.

Online users should be cations and not take the information they receive from on-line symptom checkers as “gospel”.

Patients should always consult a healthcare professional to ensure, they have the correct diagnosis.

To prevent harm to patients, meet professional obligations, reduce medico-legal risk, and ensure appropriate use of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), GPs should only order medical imaging and pathology tests that are clinically indicated

After your consultation with the healthcare professional, they will inform you of the correct diagnosis, and they will be the ones to decide what further treatment is required according to the current Therapeutic Guidelines. Unnecessary investigations.

December 5, 2019