June 29, 2009

Search Health

60%

Six-in-ten adults who use the internet for health information say they or someone they know has been helped by following medical advice online.

Of the 61% of Americans who use the internet for medical information, six-in-ten say they or someone they know has been helped by following health advice found online, up significantly from 2006 when only 31% of e-patients said this. Only 3% of e-patients say they or someone they know has been harmed by online health information. Among those searching the internet for medical information, 60% say what they found online in their most recent search affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition. Majorities also say the search changed their overall approach to maintaining their own health or that of someone they care for (56%) and that it lead them to ask their doctor new questions (53%). Fewer e-patient’s said their health search affected a decision about whether to see a doctor (38%) or changed how they coped with a chronic condition or managed pain (38%). Read More