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Dramatic Increase in Consumer Health Information Seeking

According to a new study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC), there has been a dramatic increase in people looking for health care information.  While use of all information sources increased dramatically, use of the Internet for health information has doubled from 2001 to 2007.  Thirty-two percent of consumers—70 million adults—conducted online health searches in 2007, compared with 16 percent in 2001.  In addition, the greater an individual’s education level, the more likely he or she is to research a health condition.

To read the entire study:
“Striking Jump in Consumers Seeking Health Care Information”
Center for Studying Health System Change

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