That’s according to a survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project and the California Healthcare Foundation.
- 80 percent of internet users search for health care information online
- Only 9 percent of those using social networking sites reported starting or joining a health-related group
- 11 percent reported posting comments, queries or information on health matters
Although not all U.S. adults use the internet, the percentage that do and who look for health care information equates to 59 percent of the total U.S. adult population.
The findings are from phone interviews, conducted between August 9 and September 13, 2010 by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The interviews surveyed over 3,000 adults, age 18 or older.
The most popular searches centered around specific diseases and treatments. Below is a chart that illustrates the top searches by information topic.
Searching for health information is the third most popular online pursuit of the survey respondents.
- Email activity is first
- Using a search engine is second
- Gathering health information ranked above getting news or buying a product
Interestingly, nearly half (49 percent) of those searching for health information reported doing so on behalf of someone else.
The results show that 27 percent of internet users (or 20% of adults) used online tracking for –
- Exercise routine
- Other health indicators or symptoms
For kicks, I entered Google top health websites.
Google Page Rank Order shows:
I never could figure out Google rankings.
How about you? What is your favorite resource for online health information?
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