Accessing Health Topics on the Internet

Feb 01, 2011

Health information remains one of the most important subjects that internet users research online. The Pew Internet Project and California HealthCare Foundation have added eight new topics to our national survey measuring internet users’ interest in health information:

29% of internet users look online for information about food safety or recalls.
24% of internet users look online for information about drug safety or recalls.
19% of internet users look online for information about pregnancy and childbirth.
17% of internet users look online for information about memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s.
16% of internet users look online for information about medical test results.
14% of internet users look online for information about how to manage chronic pain.
12% of internet users look online for information about long-term care for an elderly or disabled person.
7% of internet users look online for information about end-of-life decisions.

Read the full findings of Accessing Health Topics on the Internet on the Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project's Web site.

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