Your Concierge Doctor Warns You ” Don’t Believe Everything You Read on the Internet”

June 2, 2014

More patients and doctors are using the Internet to find medical information. A recent study was done by the American Osteopathic Association looking at information on Wikipedia on the top 10 most expensive medical problems in this country and comparing this information to what was available in peer-reviewed articles. These medical problems were hypertension, COPD/asthma, osteoarthritis, trauma related problems, mental disorders, heart disease, diabetes, cancer,  hyperlipidemia and back problems. They found that there was incorrect information on Wikipedia on all of these conditions.
One needs to be careful when getting information from the Internet. Use peer-reviewed articles as opposed to Wikipedia.

As your concierge physician I welcome your comments and questions.