Health Care Trends With a Social Media Twist
A recent study published by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that the quality of information posted online about the most common sports medicine diagnoses varies widely. While this might seem like common sense to readers, the study's authors stated that they decided to undertake the study due to the increasing number of patients presenting their physicians information which they obtained from the Internet and believe accurately describes their condition.
The study looked at the top 10 common sports medicine diagnoses and using Google and Yahoo, reviewed the top 10 search results for each. About 20% of the search results were from sponsored sites providing information that may be biased and rarely including mentions of any possible risks or complications.
Advice from the study's authors: patients should be aware that the quality of information available online varies greatly and should stick to nonprofit, academic or nonsales-oriented sites when researching.
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