Doctors warn against growing trend of people Googling illnesses to diagnose themselves

We’ve all done it. Feeling a little sick so we consult Dr Google only to discover that runny could actually be a brain tumour.

New research has found plenty of Australians jump online to check their symptoms before consulting a doctor.

A survey of 1500 Australians has found a third are convinced they have a life-threatening or terminal illness after Googling what’s wrong with them.


60 per cent of people diagnosed themselves online only to discover it was something completely different once they see their GP.

More than half of those surveyed admit to Googling symptoms and other medical information at least once a week.

Doctors warn the number of people researching their symptoms and misdiagnosing themselves is growing rapidly.

That often leads to longer consultations with GPs and unnecessary medical tests.