03 Apr SIPREC: no fake news

A problem that should not be underestimated: more than 1 in 3 Italians seeks medical information online and this has a strong impact on the doctor-patient relationship at the expense of patients’ health.

“Especially in the field of primary prevention, that is among healthy people – says Professor Massimo Volpe, President of the Italian Society for Cardiovascular Prevention and Ordinary Cardiology at the University ‘La Sapienza’, Sant’ Andrea Hospital of Rome – there is a greater propensity to use ‘professor Google’ or social media that generally give superficial ‘recipes’, rather than relying on the doctor or health professionals. Also prevention must be interpreted as an important medical act, as important as treatment, which cannot be replaced through superficial or incorrect information found on the web.”