In 2007, 56% of American adults -- more than 122 million people -- sought information about a personal health concern from a source other than their doctor, up from 38%, or 72 million people, in 2001, according to a new national study by the Center for Studying Health System Change.
Consumers who actively researched health concerns widely reported positive impacts -- more than half said the information changed their overall approach to maintaining their health, and four in five said that the information helped them to better understand how to treat an illness or condition.
Date: August 21, 2008
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