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Is Social Media the Right Place for Medical Advice?

By / May 9, 2016 / / 0 Comments

Emergency One looks at medical advice on the internetMany people turn to social media for advice on a lot of things; movies, restaurants or a good book. Some even turn to social media for medical advice. Is that really your best choice?

Well, social media sure does see millions of users everyday, but seeking advice there put you in a bit of a dilemma. But that’s not to mean that social media has to be completely repudiated. There are many brands and medical businesses online, who, by the help of companies like Marketing Heaven, have built their base on social media platforms. You could certainly seek help from a medical expert online.

We want to believe that family and “friends” would offer sound medical advice. However, your situation is unique. Other experiences are just as unique. Friends online typically won’t discuss all the specifics. You might only be getting part of the story of what happened in a long line of treatment.

On the other hand, evidence-based medicine is the standard for physicians, without bias. Years of training has taught your providers to examine each case based on your own symptoms, not the crowd-sourced opinions of “friends” online.

Trust that your doctor will offer the best-supported and least biased treatment possible. When you read about other people’s ailments and treatments remember that what is right for them, may not be for you. It’s best to keep in mind that you are unique and so is the treatment plan from your provider.