Updated: Jan 8
The recent wave of measles outbreaks in the U.S.(1), the highest since 1994, might be the most evident example of the growing virulence of medical misinformation. It’s a call to action for the entire medical community and each one of us, physicians.
Self proclaimed experts and quackery.
Quackery is not a new phenomenon, of course, but it has gained unprecedented amplitude in recent years through digital media(2). Self-proclaimed experts, Facebook and Instagram celebrities, digital scammers all have direct lines to the public, and to vulnerable patients.
As medical misinformation infects the internet, doctors must find a cure.
What do we, as physicians, do against charlatanism spreading across the social media?
Get a voice on social media now.
Present and reiterate medical science published in peer reviewed journals
Gain the authority and reputation you deserve for all patients and your own medical practice
Some Doctors are thriving in social media and PHARMED can help you achieve the same.
1. Sanyaolu A, Okorie C, Marinkovic A, et al. Measles Outbreak in Unvaccinated and Partially Vaccinated Children and Adults in the United States and Canada (2018-2019): A Narrative Review of Cases. Inquiry. 2019;56:46958019894098. doi:10.1177/0046958019894098
2. Armstrong PW, Naylor CD. Counteracting Health Misinformation: A Role for Medical Journals? JAMA.2019;321(19):1863–1864. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2019.5168