Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2015  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 267--269

Reliability of DQGoogleDQ for obtaining medical information

Mihir Kothari1, Samita Moolani2 
1 Department of Ocular Motility, Jyotirmay Eye Clinic and Ocular Motility Laboratory, Thane, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mihir Kothari
Jyotirmay Eye Clinic for Children and Adult Squint, Ocular Motility Lab and Pediatric Low Vision Center, 205 Ganatra Estate, Khopat, Thane West, Thane - 400 601, Maharashtra

Internet is used by many patients to obtain relevant medical information. We assessed the impact of DQGoogleDQ search on the knowledge of the parents whose ward suffered from squint. In 21 consecutive patients, the DQGoogleDQ search improved the mean score of the correct answers from 47% to 62%. We found that DQGoogleDQ search was useful and reliable source of information for the patients with regards to the disease etiopathogenesis and the problems caused by the disease. The internet-based information, however, was incomplete and not reliable with regards to the disease treatment.

How to cite this article:
Kothari M, Moolani S. Reliability of "Google" for obtaining medical information.Indian J Ophthalmol 2015;63:267-269

How to cite this URL:
Kothari M, Moolani S. Reliability of "Google" for obtaining medical information. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Aug 13 ];63:267-269
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