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Vol. 10 No. 2, January 16, 2013

Fact and Stats

More than one-third of US adults (35%) have gone online to diagnose medical conditions for themselves or others, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. For the report, researchers surveyed 3,014 US adults by telephone in August and September of last year.

As the results show, 81% of US adults use the internet and 59% say they have looked online for health information in the past year. Thirty-five percent say they have gone online specifically to try to figure out what medical condition they or someone else might have.

Of the US adults who search for health information online:

  • 77% said they started at a search engine such as Google, Bing or Yahoo,
  • 13% said they started at a health information website such as WebMD,
  • 2% said they started at a general website like Wikipedia; and
  • 1% said they started at a social networking website like Facebook.

About one forth (26%) of those who searched for health information online reported encountering a paywall. Of those:

  • 83% tried to find the information elsewhere,
  • 13% gave up looking for medical information, and
  • 2% paid to gain access to the information.

This report also updates the Pew Internet Project's trends related to the social life of health information and peer-to-peer healthcare.

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Source: Health Online 2013

Date: January 15, 2013

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