How do you diagnose a patient who went to the emergency department?
You control their vital functions, their heart rate and their temperature. You ask them what brought them today, what they feel; you check their prior conditions, medicines, allergies. Based on what they say, you can order relevant tests; Sometimes blood is taken, x-rays are taken.
Patients are often discouraged from looking up their symptoms online. But new research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, has found that consultation & # 39; Dr Google & # 39; before it was offered to the emergency department, the interactions between patients and their attending physician could improve.
A survey of 400 adult patients who found emergency care at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne and Austin Health between 1 February and 31 May last year that had looked up their problem online more than a third in advance.
Of the 190 patients who had performed a preliminary internet search, 150 reported that they were able to request more informed questions, communicate effectively and understand their healthcare provider better.