Searching for answers is acceptable

The survey was completed by 153 patients. Their ages ranged from under 18 to over 80 years.

A group of 54 GPs and 21 trainees also completed a survey. The survey asked what they thought the patients’ views would be if they had to look something up.

When no particular source of information was specified, 46% of patients said their confidence in their doctors would increase if they looked for information. Patients under 40 years old were more likely to say that their confidence would decrease.

The GPs