Year: 2023 Source: JAMA Network Open. (2023). 6(6), e2317517. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.17517 ( SIEC No: 20231386
Artificial intelligence (AI) assistants have the potential to transform public health by offering accurate and actionable information to the general public. Unlike web-based knowledge resources (eg, Google Search) that return numerous results and require the searcher to synthesize information, AI assistants are designed to receive complex questions and provide specific answers. However, AI assistants often fail to recognize and respond to basic health questions.1,2 ChatGPT is part of a new generation of AI assistants built on advancements in large language models that generate nearly human-quality responses for a wide range of tasks. Although studies3 have focused on using ChatGPT as a supporting resource for healthcare professionals, it is unclear how well ChatGPT handles general health inquiries from the lay public. In this cross-sectional study, we evaluated ChatGPT responses to public health questions.