Internet diagnoses: Trust them or toss them?

December 1, 2008 at 8:35 pm Leave a comment

It is natural to turn to Google for health concerns if you are already using it for just about everything else. But the consequences of using poor quality or misleading information are much greater than, say, choosing a movie to watch. I wrote about using the Internet for diagnosing an illness in the Lexington Minuteman, which also appeared in many other, mostly small town, newspapers. My primary goal is to help people improve their health literacy.

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Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM

Lisa GualtieriLisa Gualtieri is Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. She is Director of the Certificate Program in Digital Health Communication. Lisa teaches Designing Health Campaigns using Social Media, Social Media and Health, Mobile Health Design, and Digital Strategies for Health Communication. Contact Lisa: lisa.gualtieri@tufts.edu

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