"But doctor, I googled it!": The "three Rs" of managing patients in the age of information overload. Clinics in dermatology Mundluru, S. N., Werbaneth, K., Therkelsen, K. E., Larson, A. R., Santini, V. E. 2019; 37 (1): 74–77


Managing patient interactions in the age of the Internet can be particularly difficult due to the vast amount of information available. Dermatologists should be able to identify relevant patient concerns to adequately address them. We discuss the ethical issues involved in interacting with patients who use the Internet for medical knowledge, and we suggest a method, using the "three Rs" (reassure, redirect, refer), to conduct these interactions. Appropriate evaluation and categorization of patients with regard to their concerns and needs can help guide physicians on how to use the three Rs in managing patient care and expectations.

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