Delusions of Parasitosis Influenced by Crowdsourcing Diagnostic Platform CrowdMed

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Julian Stashower
Katherine Belote
Barrett Zlotoff


CrowdMed, crowdsourcing, delusions of parasitosis, doctor-patient relationship


Thousands of patients look to crowdsourcing websites such as CrowdMed for medical guidance. These websites can provide opportunities for patient education and facilitate the spread of knowledge. However, when used inappropriately, crowdsourcing websites like CrowdMed can put strain on doctor-patient relationships. We present a case that highlights how a patient’s delusions of parasitosis were influenced and supported by the crowdsourcing website CrowdMed.


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