Online symptom checkers: Do they work?

JAMA Ophthalmology investigates the accuracy claims of this convenient modality 


I’m Dr. Doug Katsev for the Medical News Minute

Published in JAMA Ophthalmology, a look at the WebMD Symptom Checker and its accuracy. The correct diagnosis was obtained using the symptom checker in only 38% of cases.

What’s the take-home message?

It can be summed up in a recent cartoon I saw: “Don’t confuse my medical diploma with your Google search page!”

I'm Dr. Doug Katsev for the Medical News Minute. 

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