There has been a meme circulating around the internet recently of a sign in a doctor's office saying "don't confuse your google search with my medical degree." I understand that the types of people who think that they know everything just because of something they read on WebMD must be insufferable, but I'm curious to get this sub's take on where you draw the line between informed patients and know-it-alls who are doing more harm than good? Also, how do you recommend dealing with a physician if it's clear that they haven't stayed up to date on research since they finished medical school?
At the most extreme end of the spectrum I get that some things are good (knowing that antibiotics don't cure viral infections) and some are clearly bad (coming to a doctor's appointment with a list of a dozen lab tests you're going to demand.) How about a more grey area though, like a doctor who recommends some sort of screening test that say, the USPTF clearly is against. I know, real life medicine is more complicated and nuanced than "this website recommends against this" but it seems reasonable to at least want an explanation if a physician's recommendation appears to contradict guidelines from a reputable source.
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