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Physicians beat symptom checkers in test of diagnostic accuracy

Your doctor may be better than an online symptom checkers to diagnosing what’s wrong with you, but he or she still misdiagnoses cases 15% of the time, according to a report published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.Online symptom checkers are becoming more popular among consumers, so researchers at Harvard Medical School and Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital tested whether trained physicians or online symptom checkers were more likely to accurately diagnose a clinical case.The researchers used 45 standardized patient cases to test the accuracy of 234 physicians against 23 symptom checkers, which are websites and apps …

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