Coffee mug saying please do not confuse your google search with my medical degree

Summary: “I can’t tell you how many people have flung this Facebook item at me since last night, starting with my wife. :-),” writes my friend e-Patient Dave deBronkart on the blog of the Society for Participatory Medicine. “It’s already approaching 25,000 shares. … Listen, people: Googling does not mean I think I’m a doctor. It’s a sign of being an engaged, empowered ‘e-patient.’  I partner with great doctors – I don’t tell them what to do. And they welcome me doing it. I personally am completely opposed to a patient going in and saying ‘I’ve decided I have condition X, and I want you to prescribe 42mg QID of medication Y.’ I mean, have you ever seen the things medical students have to learn to get their license?? But I’m all in favor of a patient saying, ‘I have symptoms A and B, and from what I can tell from websites J and Q, that sounds like it could be M.’ Explain your thinking, identify your source, and try to solve the diagnostic puzzle together: Collaborate.  The flip side is that it’s demonstrably wrong for a doctor to insist that their diagnosis must be right; the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine has lots of data on that, and the National Academy of Medicine recently published a big report on it. (See S.P.M. patient member Peggy Zuckerman’s recent spot on the NBC News item about that report.)” It’s a great read about how patients take part in their care, by e-Patient Dave deBronkart, The truth about that “your Googling and my medical degree” mug,

Jeanne Pinder

Jeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded...