The age of informed patients

16th November 2016
In Vivo looks at the risks of online diagnosis and “cyberchondria”.

Close to 64 percent of the Swiss people have already looked up symptoms online to figure out an illness. From forums to blogs to online magazines, websites that provide medical information are becoming increasingly popular and numerous, whether or not they are trustworthy. They may comfort some, but they may also panic others. Discover how the internet is turning the medical world upside down in the latest issue of In Vivo.

The issue also includes an in-depth feature on death. Scientists and doctors are starting to pay more attention to the end of life, a topic that has long gone unexplored. Meanwhile, the magazine’s insert, In Extenso, focuses on the secrets of blood.

Available in English and French, the magazine In Vivo, produced by LargeNetwork, comes out three times a year. It is distributed by the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and to subscribers (www.invivomagazine.com). The publication is free, so the subscription only covers shipping fees (CHF 20 for six editions).