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Women are more likely than men to use the Internet to search for health information, according to a data brief by US Centers for Disease Control Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. The report was based on data from the 2009 National Health Interview Survey, which collected data from 27,731 U.S. adults.

The data brief found that women searched online for health data at a higher rate than men across nearly all age groups. The gender gap was largest among adults ages 25 to 34. In that age group, 65.8% of women reported searching for health data on the Internet in the previous 12 months, compared with 44.4% of men.

However, among adults age 65 and older, 24.4% of men had searched online for health data in the previous year, compared with 21.9% of women.

In addition, the data brief noted that people with higher incomes, privately insured individuals and those with more education were more likely to use the Internet to look up health information

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Source: Use of the Internet for Health Information: United States, 2009

Date: July 20, 2011

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