(CONNECTICUT.CBSLOCAL) — A new study from the Harvard Medical School finds that people who self-diagnose online are accurate nearly half the time.
WBUR reports that of the 23 websites Harvard researchers looked at, half the sites had the right diagnosis among their top three results. Fifty-eight percent of the websites had the correct diagnosis in their top 20 suggestions, while a third listed the correct diagnosis as the first suggestion.
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“Users of these tools should be aware that their performance is not perfect by any means, there’s often inaccuracies or errors,” Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, the study’s lead author, told WBUR.