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New CDC Report Shows 51% of Americans Use Internet for Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics released new estimates of the use of health information on the Internet from the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2009.

The survey results showed that among men and women aged 18-64:

  • 51% of adults had used the Internet to look up health information during the past 12 months
  • Over 3% had used an online chat group to learn about health topics in the past 12 months
  • Almost 5% had communicated with a health care provider by e-mail in the past 12 months
  • 6% of adults aged 18-64 requested a refill of a prescription on the Internet
  • Almost 3% had made an appointment with a health care provider in the past 12 months using the Internet
  • Women were more likely than men to look up health information on the Internet (58.0% versus 43.4%), to use online chat groups to learn about health topics (4.1% versus 2.5%), to request a prescription refill on the Internet (6.6% versus 5.3%), make an appointment using the Internet (3.5% versus 1.8%), and communicate with a health care provider over e-mail (5.6% versus 4.2 %)

For more information on the survey: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/healthinfo2009/healthinfo2009.htm

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