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1. Incorrect self-diagnosis

1.1. Patient may self-treat

1.1.1. This could be contraindicated by the correct treatment for their condition

1.2. Patient may experience undue stress

1.2.1. Patient may convince themselves they have a very serious illness and be quite worried by this

1.3. Could cause further complications by not getting correct treatment

1.3.1. Their condition may be better treated if they get the correct treatment earlier. Delaying starting treatment with an incorrect self-diagnosis may be extremely detrimental to their health

2. Healthcare information

2.1. Pros of having information online

2.1.1. Help make informed choices

2.1.1.1. Can look through information for medical options before appointment

2.1.2. Understand medical condition better

2.1.2.1. Online information will be in "layman's terms"

2.1.2.2. Patient may be overwhelmed during doctor visit

2.1.2.3. White coat syndrome

2.1.3. Doctor may misdiagnose

2.1.3.1. Doctor may ignore or write off what patient is saying

2.1.3.2. Doctor may diagnose a lesser condition as the chance of having a more serious conditions is less likely

2.1.4. Patient may be unaware that symptoms are relevant

2.1.4.1. Patient could forget to tell doctor about some symptoms

2.1.4.2. Patient does not know what they don't know and if the doctor doesn't ask all the right questions, a symptom may be missed

2.1.5. Patient may save money by successfully diagnosing their condition themselves

2.1.5.1. They may either need less doctor's appointments or reassure themselves they don't need to see a doctor if their condition doesn't need medical treatment

2.2. Cons of having information online

2.2.1. Patient may convince themselves they have a condition they do not

2.2.1.1. They may experience undue stress having convinced themselves they are unwell

2.2.1.2. They could experience psychosomatic symptoms further reinforcing their idea that they have a certain condition

2.2.2. They may not get the correct treatment

2.2.2.1. They could self-treat incorrectly as per the information they have read online

2.2.2.2. Any treatment they give themselves could either exacerbate any condition they do have or may be contraindicated by their condition

2.2.3. Patient may "seek a diagnosis" based on information they have read online

2.2.3.1. Patient may inadvertently or intentionally present their symptoms in such a way as to confirm the diagnosis they believe they have

2.2.3.2. The doctor could mistreat the patient's condition based on the information presented to them

3. 'Cyberchondria'

3.1. Patient may convince self they have a serious condition

3.1.1. This would easily cause a lot of stress and may affect other areas of their life

3.2. Could have a negative effect on their life and family

3.2.1. May be worried and unable to concentrate at work

3.2.2. Could affect their family life by putting their worries and concerns on them

3.2.3. Maybe be upset or angry to those around them causing a strain in relationships

4. Patients seek to save money

4.1. Socioeconomic reasons for seeking information online

4.1.1. Is this more prevalent in lower socioeconomic areas?

4.2. Do age and education factor in to people being more likely to use Dr Google?

4.2.1. Are people of the younger generation more likely to seek a diagnosis online?

4.2.2. Are people who are better educated more or less likely to see an online diagnosis?

4.3. Are people not wanting to put a "strain on the system" by seeing a doctor?

4.3.1. People in the public health system may not want to see a doctor as they could view themselves as not warranting the funds it will take out of the health system

4.3.2. May view that they aren't unwell enough to see a doctor when the information is online

4.4. Private health insurance

4.4.1. May want to go through private health insurance to be seen quicker but concerned about the cost of seeing someone privately