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Patients delaying GP visits and using internet instead

Patients delaying GP visits and using internet instead

Patients delaying GP visits and using internet instead

Patients are using unreliable sources to self-diagnose while 'delaying' visits to general practice.

A survey released by The Information Standard shows that one in six been told they had a ‘lucky escape’ after delaying a trip to the GP. 

When asked why they had put off the visit, a third of respondents said they “did not want to waste their GPs time”. 

And half of the respondents said they turned to the Internet instead. 

Women (43%) were more likely to delay a visit to the GP than men (37%) and women were also more likely to use the internet for self diagnosis (59%) compared to men (43%). 

The Information Standard, a certification programme for health and care information found that one in five had to be prescribed a stronger course of treatment. 

Ann Robinson, director of public awareness at the Information Standard said: “People are delaying their GP visit for various reasons, but regardless of the reason why, our concern is that people are admitting to self-diagnosing and self-treating in the meantime. Unreliable health information in these circumstances could then have a detrimental effect on their health. If people are looking for health information, they should make sure it’s trustworthy so that they can make a fully informed and safe decision. 

“Our advice is simple; look out for The Information Standard quality mark on health websites and leaflets - if you can see the mark then you can feel confident that the information you’re reading is reliable.” 

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