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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 49, Issue 10, pp 4355–4362 | Cite as

The Internet’s Effect on Parental Trust in Pediatrician Diagnosis of Autism and Likelihood of Seeking a Second Opinion

  • Tammy Pham
  • Anna Kuznetsova
  • Haelynn Gim
  • Kyla Cordrey
  • Ruth MilanaikEmail author
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Abstract

This study assessed how web-based information affects parental trust in physician’s diagnosis of autism (PDA) and likelihood of seeking a second opinion. Participants of an online survey were randomly allocated to one of three hypothetical scenarios, all were given a vignette of a non-verbal 18-month-old child followed by (1) not viewing Internet results, (2) viewing results suggesting autism, or (3) viewing results suggesting language delay and rated their trust and likelihood of seeking a second opinion. When Internet results contradicted PDA, parents reported less trust in PDA and greater likelihood of seeking a second opinion. Due to the Internet’s influence on parents’ response to PDA, clinicians should discuss their differential diagnosis with parents, address Internet-related concerns, and recommend trustworthy sources.

Keywords

Physician trust Internet Autism Parents 

Notes

Funding

No external sources of funding were secured for this study.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tammy Pham
    • 1
  • Anna Kuznetsova
    • 1
  • Haelynn Gim
    • 1
  • Kyla Cordrey
    • 1
  • Ruth Milanaik
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Developmental and Behavioral PediatricsSteven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New YorkLake SuccessUSA

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