2/5 of Grantham residents admit to consulting Google instead of their doctor when they have a medical issue.42% also say that long waits for a GP appointment has forced them to self-diagnose online.
Two thirds of people would rather use natural remedies to help with minor medical issues.Interactive map of the UK included. Cyberchondria:
Do you find yourself obsessively searching the web for healthcare information?
Perhaps you’re investigating the suspicious rash on your arm a few of times per day, or the throbbing sensation in your temple that hasn’t gone away…Questions about your personal health can pop up without warning, and with a surge in online health advice sites, it’s no wonder people resort to clicking through the internet to investigate their symptoms. Let’s face it, it’s convenient and quicker than having to take time off work for a doctor’s visit!
However, beware of spending too much time on this research. Cyberchondria is a very real concept that drives sufferers to repeatedly question their symptoms on search engines, often leading to increased anxiety about their condition. It has the potential to disrupt various aspects of your everyday life, and can lead to additional problems such as depression.
CBDoil.co.uk, the UK’s leading supplier of high-quality CBD wellness products, conducted a survey of 3,000 Brits to investigate how many people choose to self-diagnose their medical issues online instead of seeing a healthcare professional – it was found that overall, 44% admit to doing this. When broken down by gender it was found that women (52%) were more likely to do this than men (40%).
In Grantham, 43% of people admit that if they have a medical issue, they research it online themselves before deciding to visit a doctor. Women (46%)were more likely to google their issues over men (37%).
The survey also found that nearly one-fifth (17%) of respondents have felt more anxious as a result of Googling their medical symptoms. This is unsurprising given that many health conditions have overlapping symptoms so it’s possible to self-diagnose incorrectly.
Naturally, this can cause panic – especially if the problem is seemingly more serious than it may truly be! Encouragingly, over half (53%) of people surveyed think that an online self-diagnosis does more harm than good, meaning that a large number are aware of the anxiety it can cause.Worryingly, 18% say they would actually trust the internet more to diagnose their medical issues than their local GP. However, 42% also say that long waits for a GP appointment has, in fact, forced them to self-diagnose online.
Respondents were also asked if they believed more money should be invested in alternative therapies within the NHS. Alternative medicines* are treatments that fall outside of conventional healthcare, for example, homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicines.
However, the availability of these on the NHS is limited and in most cases, is not offered.Interestingly, CBDoil.co.uk’s survey found that more than half (59%) of Brits believe more money should be invested in alternative therapies. Again, when broken down by gender, it was the women (66%) who agreed with this statement more than men (54%).
Regionally, over half (51%) of Grantham residents believed more money should be invested in alternative therapies within the NHS. Women (59%)agreed with this more than men (46%) did. CBDoil.co.uk has also created an interactive map where you can view responses for different parts of the UK: