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In advance of a day of pranks and misdirection, InCrowd reports on the most pervasive medical myths and misleading health directives that circulate the patient community. Recently, our microsurvey tool reached 200 healthcare professionals–99 physicians and 101 nurses–to get their anecdotes and feedback.
Much of this misinformation, as with any April Fools’ joke, is relatively harmless:
These types of healthcare fallacies are infrequent and are typically specific to the patient’s experience. Other reported inaccuracies can be more sinister.
There is a wide range of preventative health fallacies that practitioners hear all the time:
Reports also stated that patients frequently repeat unreliable recommendations for treating and negotiating health conditions:
All humor aside, the most frequently expressed misconceptions revolve around significant medical issues such as diabetes, vaccinations, influenza and pregnancy. For patients to exhibit their healthiest outcomes, we must work to correct this lack of clear guidance. Thorough education the health care community will empower patients to protect and understand their own health and make the healthcare decisions that are right for them. If we can prevent even one patient from putting cayenne pepper in his open wound, or get one more child’s vaccinations up to date, these conversations are worthwhile.
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