Bitter pill for 'cyberchondriacs' (26 May 2004)
Although a physical appointment with a GP might provide a quick diagnosis and prescription, many feel it is not long enough to get enough information about health problems.
The net is providing many with what they want, and this is creating a growing breed of so-called cyberchondriacs.
A survey by the Health on the Net Foundation found that about 50% of people used the net to get a second opinion.
Just over half of patients who discussed the results of net searches with their doctors found the consultation more constructive.
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