'Wildly inaccurate': Patients turning to crowd-diagnosis for a second opinion
Some patients might think about getting a second opinion after receiving advice or a diagnosis from a doctor, but is the availability of online social networking taking this to a new and concerning level?
In the web 2.0 era, indiscriminate ‘crowd-diagnosis’ may be overtaking blind faith in Dr Google, according to researchers in the US.
They have looked at how, since 2010, on the sharing and discussion site Reddit, increasing numbers of people have been asking strangers to help diagnose their diseases.
The researchers have specifically tracked a