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Medwave 2017 Jun;17(5):e6991 doi: 10.5867/medwave.2017.05.6991
Misinformation online and its impact on the physician-patient relation
Fiorela E. Solano, Luis M. Helguero-Santin
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Dear editor:

At present there is a great controversy with the information system and the recognition of non-scientific theories as truthful by the patients. The quality of the information obtained by the population through mass media is questionable; a clear and current example is the rejection towards vaccination [1]; which has generated specific situations such as low vaccination rates and measles outbreaks due to information from the anti-vaccination movements [2]. One of the most famous theories of these movements was the placement of vaccines as a source of autism in the 1990s, causing measles outbreaks in several European countries [3].

This type of information generates a certain distrust of the patient towards the doctor, which means a problem in the daily medical consultation and as such, can lead to the decrease of the number of consultations in the hospitals, the disruption of the same by the patients as well as incorrect use of medications [4],[5].

Faced with the expansion of bad information and the current crisis in certain countries such as Italy [1], doctors must be prepared to face the criticism and mistrust that can arise in the medical consultation and begin to adopt better communicative skills so that the patient increases his confidence in him, also a call is made to the institutions in charge of the regulation of the internet, so that the information spilled on the web, with the objective of improving the quality of information in health and avoid outbreaks of disease that can be prevented on time.

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The authors originally submitted this article in Spanish and English. The Journal has not copyedited this English version.

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Authors: Fiorela E. Solano[1,2], Luis M. Helguero-Santin[1,2]

Affiliation:
[1] Sociedad Científica de Estudiantes de Medicina, Universidad Nacional de Piura, Piura, Perú
[2] Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Nacional de Piura, Piura, Perú

E-mail: julieter14@gmail.com

Author address:
[1] Avenida Circunvalación 3492
Asentamiento Humano Santa Rosa
Piura
Perú

Citation: Solano FE, Helguero-Santin LM. Misinformation online and its impact on the physician-patient relation. Medwave 2017 Jun;17(5):e6991 doi: 10.5867/medwave.2017.05.6991

Publication date: 30/6/2017


 

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Garattini S, Mannucci PM. Homeopathy provided by a national health service: Only in Italy? Eur J Intern Med. 2017 Jun;41:1-2. | CrossRef | PubMed |

Sun LH. Anti-vaccine activists spark a state’s worst measles outbreak in decades. The Washington Post. 2017 [on line]. | Link |

Garcés-Sánchez M, Renales-Toboso M, Bóveda-García M, Díez-Domingo J. et al. [Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. Resurgence of measles in Europe]. Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin. 2015 Dec;33(10):673-8. | CrossRef | PubMed |

Tobón Marulanda FA. Estudio sobre automedicación en la Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia. Iatreia. 2002;15(4):242-7. | CrossRef |

Lane S, Szabo S, Halbert R, Goertz H-P, Lai C, Parikh A, et al. Enhancing patient-health care provider [HCP] communication in oncology care in the United States. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2016;34(suppl 3). | CrossRef |