Online symptom checkers: Do they work?

August 13, 2019
OT Staff Reports

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.