Doctor Google, self-diagnosis and clinical care

‘Dr Google’ – is having a profound impact on the relationship between Australians and their health practitioners, as well as how individuals interpret their own health.

Surveying over 1,500 Australians, MedicalDirector’s research has revealed Australians are now starting to form a ‘habit’ of searching Google for answers before – or instead of – seeking professional medical advice.

As recently covered by the media including Channel Ten, Channel Seven, Sky News, Sunrise, The Daily Telegraph and A Current Affair, the report found 54% of us habitually turn to Doctor Google at least once a week for medical questions and symptoms, even though only 21% of us perceive Google as a trustworthy source of health information.