At least three-quarters of all Internet users look for health information online, according to a recent report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Of those with a high-speed connection, 1 in 9 do health research on a typical day. And 75 percent of online patients with a chronic problem told the researchers that "their last health search affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition." …
Can online information be trusted? The answer, increasingly, is yes. Earlier this year, a report in the journal Cancer looked at 343 Web pages about breast cancer that came up in online searches. The researchers found 41 inaccurate statements on 18 sites - an error rate of 5.2 percent. Sites promoting alternative medicine were 15 times as likely to offer false or misleading health information as those sites that promoted conventional medicine, the study found.
Source: Logging On for a Second (or Third)
Date: September 29, 2008
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