Patient health searches online: some statistics

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Patients are more involved in their own healthcare than ever before, and the consumption process is now as transparent as shopping for household goods.


Seventy-five percent of Americans have conducted a search related to personal health in the last year and more than a third use social media to research health conditions.


Half of all patients who use the Internet to self-diagnose ultimately schedule a doctor’s appointment.


What about the doctors?


Seventy-eight percent of US doctors are using digital tools to gather research; 70 percent prefer online training to classroom training; and nearly 40 percent communicate with patients online. 

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