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Vol.7 No.15 | July 21, 2010


Thirty-two percent of U.S. residents ages 18 and older — or about 175 million individuals — said they regularly used the Internet this year to find health care-related information, according to a new Harris Interactive poll. Harris Interactive is a US based survey company.

The results are up from 22% of the U.S. adult population — or 154 million individuals — in 2009.

The Harris poll was based on a telephone survey of 1,066 adults conducted between July 13 and July 18. The poll described respondents who use the Internet to look for information about health topics as “cyberchondriacs.”The survey found that although the percentage of adults who use the Internet — 79% — has not significantly changed over the past several years, the proportion of individuals who went online in search of health information rose to a new high this year, at 88%.

In addition, the survey found that:

  • 81% of respondents said they sought health information online in the past month;
  • 53% said they discussed the information they found online with their doctors;
  • 51% of cyberchondriacs said they looked for information on the Internet following discussions with their doctors;
  • 17% went online to look for health information at least 10 times in the last month;
  • 9% of cyberchondriacs said they were somewhat or very unsuccessful with finding the information they needed; and
  • 8% said they considered the information they found to be unreliable.

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Source: “Cyberchondriacs” on the Rise? Those who go online for healthcare information continues to increase

Date: August 4, 2010


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