I think all of us at one time or another have visited our online doctor 'Dr Google' in an effort to diagnose our symptoms, whether it's a persistent headache or a frog in your throat that just wont budge...
It's something, that over time I have moved away from, mainly because 9 times out of 10 I came away with the immediate diagnosis that I was moments from death, which can be a bit draining to be honest.
There's a few sides to this, self/online diagnosis of course can work and be beneficial, it can help nip non-serious issues in the bud, thus reducing the amount of people at your local GP or even A&E. However, on the flip-side to that, some symptoms do need professional medical attention that unfortunately Dr Google cannot provide.
Health apps are on the rise, technology has a huge part to play in patient care, but we need to be careful and self diagnosis should be approached with caution.
More than half (51 percent) of adults in the UK self-diagnose when feeling unwell or experiencing a medical symptom, according to findings of a national survey by YouGov released by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. The data also show that 78 percent of more than 2,000 patients surveyed have looked up medical advice on the internet, while 10 percent said they have used a health app.