5 ways to help patients with health anxiety

Look out for 'cyberchondria', which is one clue a patient may have the condition

Most patients have health worries — that’s probably why they’re in a GP surgery — but when that tips over into persistent and excessive fears, this is known as health anxiety.

And one of the least helpful things doctors can do for these patients, experiencing what was previously called hypochondriasis, is to reassure them, say Swedish and UK health anxiety researchers.