Russian patients often trust unverified medical information on the Internet more than the opinions of doctors. However, it is possible to convince the Russians, RIA Novosti reports, citing a study of the Doctor Nearby digital medical service and the Doctors of the Russian Federation platform for doctors.

In the course of the study, experts interviewed 1278 practicing doctors, most of whom (70 percent) caught Russians trusting inaccurate information on the Internet: on patient forums, on Youtube and other resources. According to the respondents, citizens listen to such sites more than to the opinion of doctors or traditional medicine.

Also, the majority of respondents (68 percent) admitted that it is difficult to convince a patient who has read medical myths, but it is realistic. Almost half of doctors (49 percent) believe that this situation has arisen due to the patient’s negative experience in the past, for example, when treatment did not help him. Fewer specialists (45 percent) believe that Russians choose alternative therapies to avoid medical procedures.

“Turning to unverified sources for health information gets in the way of building an effective doctor-patient relationship. Sometimes people think that they can diagnose themselves and prescribe treatment on their own, having studied various materials on the Internet, which, of course, makes it difficult for the doctor to work, “emphasized the medical director of the Doctor Nearby service Ekaterina Kuzina.

Earlier, more than half of Russians talked about their trust in traditional medicine. More than half of citizens (52 percent) said this, and 41 percent of respondents are skeptical about healers, which is 10 percent more than in 2010.

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