Physicians warn misinformation is harming patients

Seventy-two percent of physicians agree that misinformation has made it harder to treat COVID-19 patients and negatively affected patient outcomes, according to a new poll from Morning Consult.

The poll also found that 44 percent of physicians estimated that more than half of all COVID-19 information they see, read or hear from patients is "medical misinformation."

Additionally, 51 percent of physicians said misinformation spread by physicians is a problem. Seventy-seven percent of physicians agreed that medical boards should discipline physicians for medical misinformation, and 65 percent of physicians support passing laws that hold physicians accountable.  

On behalf of the de Beaumont Foundation, Morning Consult conducted the poll in December among 806 physicians and 2,210 other adults. 

Read more about the poll findings here.

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