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A nation of cyberchondriacs?

21st November 2007

According to new research, 75% of people in the UK will go online to look at websites about the symptoms of their illnesses before deciding how to proceed.

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Around 65% said that they would use websites instead of going to see their GP. Alison Miles, of Julian Graves, said: "It's amazing how many people are prepared to self diagnose online and try to treat themselves without seeing a doctor".

The research discovered that skin disorders came top out of the most researched conditions, with 17% of respondents using the web to find out more about their symptoms.

 

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