Quora announced a new feature today that allows physicians (and attorneys too) to place a disclaimer at the bottom of their answers on the social Q&A service. Marc Bodnick writes:
Attorneys and doctors have accumulated significant knowledge that is useful and fascinating. We want these professionals to feel comfortable sharing some of that knowledge in response to general questions about law and medicine.
So they crafted this disclaimer for physicians to include with their answers:
This answer is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. Quora users who provide responses to health-related questions are intended third party beneficiaries with certain rights under Quora’s Terms of Service.
The service has also rolled out a new policy for medical questions and answers, as well as a new section of its terms of service geared toward physicians. For more information about the rollout, take a look at MG Siegler's overview on TechCrunch.
Charlie Cheever, co-founder of Quora, will be speaking at the Stanford Summit @ Medicine 2.0 on September 16. I'm looking forward to the discussion, particularly given this new feature.