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Pew Internet’s Tracking Health Report

The Pew Internet and American Life’s Tracking Health Report explores how people track health indicators or symptoms, such as weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, headaches or sleep patterns. The findings show that tracking health is a powerful way to take charge of managing one’s health. Findings include the following. Seven in ten US adults track a health indicator for themselves or for a loved one. People living with chronic conditions are significantly more likely to track a health indicator or symptom. Tracking on paper, spreadsheet, mobile device – or just “in their head.” One in two trackers say they keep track of progress “in their heads.” One in three trackers say they track the data on paper, like in a notebook or journal. One in five trackers say they use some form of technology to track their health data. People with more serious health concerns take their tracking more seriously. Half of all trackers update their record or notes only occasionally and most do not share their data with anyone else. Tracking can affect someone’s overall approach to health. Tracking has had a more significant impact on people living with chronic conditions. Hear Susannah Fox’s insights into the Tracking Health report in this interview with Stanford Medical Student Joyce Ho. View the video at:

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