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Pew – Health Online 2013

Health Online 2013, by Susannah Fox, Maeve Duggan, Jan 15, 2013

  • “Thirty‐five percent of U.S. adults say that at one time or another they have gone online specifically to try to figure out what medical condition they or someone else might have…It is important to note what these findings mean – and what they don’t mean. Historically, people have always tried to answer their health questions at home and made personal choices about whether and when to consult a clinician. Many have now added the internet to their personal health toolbox, helping themselves and their loved ones better understand what might be ailing them. This study was not designed to determine whether the internet has had a good or bad influence on health care. It measures the scope, but not the outcome, of this activity.”
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